Thursday, October 08, 2009

"Mediocrities everywhere, now and to come..."

In keeping with their current policy of awarding the Nobel Prize for Literature to second-rate authors from Europe (lest a first-rate author from the United States be honored), the Swedish Academy has awarded the 2009 Prize to Herta Müller, who had, up until the Swedish proverbial purple found its way to her shoulders, been the recipient of awards from many German cities and Länder.

She had not, however, written Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West. That was Cormac McCarthy in 1985. Or American Pastoral. That was Philip Roth in 1997. Yet another Nobel season has gone by without either McCarthy or Roth ending up with the Prize in Literature. While there have been recipients during that period who have obviously deserved the award, e.g., J.M. Coetzee in 2005, by and large, the Swedes are appearing increasingly desperate to avoid the appearance of having anything nice to say about an American author, lest they appear to have something nice to say about America.

I get it. It's hard to admit that the United States actually has a culture, much less a culture more relevant in recent years than Europe's collective culture. Nevertheless, let's not punish some of the most important authors in recent years because of it, eh? All it does is water down the Nobel Prize into a parochial award given to Europeans (and residents of former European colonies and possessions) by Europeans as a memento of Europe's once-mighty cultural output. That's fine, I suppose, but there's no reason to care any more about the Nobel Prize in Literature than the Bonn Prize for Literary Merit or whatever Müller's biggest prize until now was.

At least we have been spared the egregious Horace Engdahl this time around.

4 Comments:

At 9:26 AM, Blogger Alex Platte said...

Mr. Smith,

My only hope is that I am never to be found a "continental nullity" in your book. I heartily agree.

 
At 6:44 PM, Anonymous price per head call center said...

Very informative and helpful. This is a nice information shared here. Keep Posting :)

 
At 10:50 PM, Blogger Xiaozhengm 520 said...

ghd flat iron
ralph lauren polo
kate spade handbags
louis vuitton
louis vuitton outlet
lebron james shoes
oakley sunglasses
fitflops
nike roshe flyknit
michael kors outlet
jordan retro 3
timberland boots
louis vuitton handbags
coach outlet
mont blanc
asics outlet
nike blazers
air jordans
michael kors outlet
kate spade
abercrombie
nike air huarache
replica watches
michael kors outlet clearance
ray bans
abercrombie & fitch
cheap oakley sunglasses
michael kors handbags
retro jordans
vans shoes
coach factory outlet
rolex submariner
michael kors outlet
coach outlet
lebron james shoes 13
michael kors outlet
oakley sunglasses
michael kors handbags
michael kors outlet online sale
2016.6.24haungqin

 
At 7:08 AM, Blogger مصطفى شعبان said...

تعتبر شركة فرسان النيل من أعلى الشركات الرائدة في مجال نقل الأثاث والعفش بجميع أنواعه المختلفة فتقوم بنقل الكنب والمجالس وغرف النوم المتنوعة وغرف الأطفال بالإضافة إلى أنها تقوم بنقل غرف الصالونات الكبيرة والصغيرة والسفرة والانتريهات وأي شئ تود عملينا العزيز أن تقوم بنقلة من العفش وأثاث المنازل كما إننا نقوم على نقل أغراض الشركات من مكاتب ومقاعد والمؤسسات الكبري وغيرها من الأغراض المختلفة حيث إننا نجبك من مواجه او تعرض أثاثك إلى مشاكل النقل ونقوم على نقله إلى أي مكان ترغبه مع الحفاظ والحرص الشديد علي كل قطعة وإتباع أفضل الطرق والأساليب الصحيحة السليمة في المحافظة على الأثاث حيث تعد شركة فرسان النيل للخدمات المنزلية من أفضل الشركات التي تتعامل في جميع الخدمات المنزلية التي تريحك من عناء كبير على عاتقك فقط اتصلوا بنا .
شركة نقل عفش بالدمام
شركة نقل اثاث بالدمام
شركة نقل اثاث بالخبر
شركة نقل عفش بالخبر
شركة نقل عفش بالجبيل
شركة نقل اثاث بالجبيل
شركة نقل اثاث بالقطيف
شركة نقل عفش بالقطيف

 

Post a Comment

<< Home