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itinerant kibitzer
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It's just the award, the one everybody's heard of however little read, with a cachet not only from longevity but also by association with the awards in the sciences and the Peace Prize. It matters less to me as I've become better read (& speaking of canons, among my 10 fave 20c writers only Beckett chosen), and last year's fiasco almost put me off it entirely (this year merely a lost opportunity), but in terms of keeping literature alive to the general public it has no equal. Which is why squandering the legacy (downward arc upthread, turning it into just an award) irks me.
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Nobel Prize 2017 · General discussion