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And the Nobel Prize for literature goes to. ...

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by The Big Ragu, Oct 8, 2015.

  1. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Belarusian Svetlana Alexievich

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/09/books/svetlana-alexievich-nobel-prize-literature.html?_r=0

    And with that, the award continues to be the "Nobel Prize for obscure literature" ... given, of course, to an outsider who nobody knows, from an uncivilized (as seen by a bunch of Swedes who fancy themselves progressive) non-Western country, to zing someone everyone knows (for non literary reasons) -- in this case, presumably Vladimir Putin.

    I look forward to her work finding its way back into print and into the English language as the sales she never garnered before finally find her way.

    In the meantime, I pray that Philip Roth, Thomas Pynchon, Don Dellilo, Joyce Carol Oates, Carmac McCarthy, etc. can work on their craft so that one day they might merit the prestigious prize.
     
  2. Mr. Sunshine

    Mr. Sunshine Well-Known Member

    I was hoping someone from Deadspin would win.
     
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  3. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Just trying to sell magazines.
     
  4. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member

    It's going to look pretty stupid in hindsight if Roth, Murakami, Oates, Dellilo, McCarthy, and Pynchon all die without one.
     
  5. X-Hack

    X-Hack Active Member

    It's also possible she wrote a really, really good book.
     
  6. TyWebb

    TyWebb Well-Known Member

    Can't believe I wasn't in the running. I wrote some killer posts on here this year that I was sure would grab some attention.

    Fucking politics.
     
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  7. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Philip Roth, earlier this year, when asked about being repeatedly passed over for the prize: “I wonder if I had called ‘Portnoy’s Complaint’ ‘The Orgasm Under Rapacious Capitalism,’ if I would thereby have earned the favor of the Swedish Academy.”
     
  8. britwrit

    britwrit Well-Known Member

    On a site for journalists, is it so terrible that a journalist won the Nobel Prize for literature?

    Besides, watching Roth publicly mash his teeth year after year over this is infinitely entertaining. A great writer but if self-regard were electricity, he'd be able to light up his beloved Newark for three months straight alone.
     
  9. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member

    Roth is secretly happy he never wins it. He seems like a man more happy with an ax to grind. The hate keeps him alive.

    I wish they could invite both Oates and Roth, just to see how the ceremony would go. First to gouge the other's eye out gets the prize.
     
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