Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Of Nobel Prizes and Great Conversations

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Yesterday I came across an article about how winning a Nobel Prize for Literature affects book sales. The article included a slideshow on the past Nobel winners since 2000. As I looked at the pictures, I remembered all the conversations we had about those authors year after year: When Kazuo Ishiguro won in 2017, you asked me if I've read any of his works. I replied that I've read all of his works and we spent the next couple of hours discussing his books--by discussing I mean me doing my usual monologue like a hateful pundit and you patiently listening to me, indulging me like you always do. In 2016 Bob Dylan won. Remember how enraged I was about that? You thought it funny when I said that if the Nobel Prize committee in Sweden felt so compelled to give the award to an American musician, they should've just given it to Bruce Springsteen for at least he actually wrote a book, a good one at that, one that even Philip Roth read and enjoyed! And let's not forget about Mario Vargas Llosa winning in 2010. The following year I insisted that we stay at an inn in Peru mainly because it has great reviews and partly because it's named after one of Vargas Llosa's novels, The Green House. That proved to be a great pick, didn't it? For we had a wonderful stay, one of the best we've ever had. In 2007, Doris Lessing was awarded the Nobel. Like her, I won big-time that year because that was the year I met you. 

0 comments:

 
muffled solitude © 2007-2019. Design by Pocket | Distributed by Blogger Blog Templates