Winner of a multitude of literary prizes including the Pulitzer, Man Booker, and two National Book Awards, Philip Roth has died at 85. His death ending an era in American literature.
Last week, award-winning author and MIT professor, Junot Díaz was confronted by author Zinzi Clemmons, who stated he backed her into a corner and forcibly kissed her while she was a graduate student in his workshop in 2012.
So it's safe to say that after Beyonce's Coachella performance, and the news that Kendrick Lamar has won a Pulitzer Prize, 2018 has been salvaged a little.
Sam Shepard passed away Thursday due to complications of Lou Gehrig's disease. Known primarily as a trailblazing surrealist playwright, Shepard pushed boundaries of what it means to live in America in plays like "True West" (1980) and "Fool for Love" (1983).