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Oct 5 2017, 03:59 PM
Oct 5 2017, 03:31 PM
...and we are the real arbiters of taste, so...
...? Being facetious? ;)

I am in disagreement with MAO there. I don't mind an established laureate. The Nobel Prize can be for everyone and not just those who read a lot of literature. They should award any author they deem worthy regardless of popularity or obscurity, ease or difficulty. The work above all else. Personally, I do enjoy Ishiguro even though he's not a favorite and isn't really to my taste. I think a convincing case can be made for his distinction as a very good writer, even a great one.

I'm actually glad that they're looking at popular candidates alongside more unfamiliar ones. It sends a message that they are committed to literary quality first and foremost. For those who want only obscure, previously unknown, or unheralded authors, I don't believe the Nobel Prize should serve that function.

MAO disappoints more and more as the years go by... Just my opinion.
Sure, of course.

I like to discover authors I don't yet know, so it's a little disappointing to see Dylan then Ishiguro winning. Beside which, it's only been ten years since a British writer won. Is that justified?
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