The drought has ended
Bravo to Sarah Kaufman, provocative, insightful and graceful dance writer at The Washington Post, who won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. The last dance critic to take home this award was Alan M. Kriegsman, who (coincidentally?) was also at The Post.
That's 34 years ago, folks, that a man or woman writing about dance got the nod for what's generally considered the top prize in journalism. I say it's worthwhile to look upon the whole prizes/awards/honors rat race with some skepticism (though not in this case). On the other hand, as a measure of worth, to be held up to a news organization while saying, "See, dance is important, and deserves greater coverage and a specialized staff writer," this particular Pulitzer is a victory.