Monday, October 9, 2006

SAFE TO ASSUME THIS WON'T BE DISCUSSED ON PTI: It seems like the Nobel Prize for Literature generally alternates between presenting to folks everyone of a certain degree of cultural literacy has heard of (Harold Pinter, J.M. Coetzee, V.S. Naipaul, Gunter Grass) and folks who are more than a bit more obscure (Elfriede Jelinek, Imre Kertesz, Gao Xingjian). While the Nobel is for a body of work, one book can do it (anyone come up with a major work of William Golding other than Lord of the Flies?), or the award may be as much political as literary (Solzhenitsyn, Pinter). Given that we're in a "obscure" year, it would point to an unpredictable winner, but U.S. Citizens have won every Nobel so far this year--can the U.S. keep up the streak? Who ya got, both for literature and for the peace prize, to be presented on Friday?

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