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Aug 11 2015, 10:02 PM
The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture anime dealt with a group of college students who created a club dedicated to the discussion of cartoons, video games, comic books and other modern visual cultural artifacts.

In the show's second season, titled Genshiken Nidaime, this one character, who graduated from college and became a hard working salaryman, notices that the comic book convention, Comiket, begins the next day. Harunobu Madarame then realizes that he doesn't care anymore about something that had obsessed him in the past: work's daily grind has sapped his soul away.

Feeling similarly. When you already have a diuturnal backlog of books you want to get to, you feel less and less inclined to join with Nobel guidance. Quite fascinating to see how unactive this thread is compared to the one over at World Literature and how that forum had been disused for months before its creation.
I'm glad that WLF now has something to talk about. And I'm glad to be talking about it here. But looking at our past Nobel threads, we talked about it a lot more in 2011 and 2012.

The Mookse and the Gripes forum seems to think other prizes matter more. (As far as BTBA is concerned, me too: more current, more rewarding to speculate upon [if not for the winners], adds more to the reading list.*) The Nobel has broader reach despite its quirks (like Francocentrism), more a barometer of a certain segment of European literary tastes (upper middlebrow, left slightly raised) than a pantheon (for which there are too many worthies). Which makes it kindasorta interesting to follow from that angle (and of course there's the geopolitical one: it's the one countries care about). Unfortunately the Ladbrokes listing doesn't provide guidance out of the gate anymore, since they've lost the services of Magnus Puke, and since leaks into it have been plugged, moves on it won't signal a winner.

* but the Nobel did add Modiano last year to mine (thx) and others, see authread
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