Thursday, October 12, 2006
Well, once again, I’ve been screwed out of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Don’t get me wrong: I love Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk. After all, he deals with issues of identity and clashing cultures (much as I do), and he once faced a criminal charge for discussing some of his country’s most painful episodes. (I once faced a charge of agricultural vandalism for doing doughnuts in a soybean field, but I guess that’s different.) Anyway, props to Orhan, but, really, hasn’t the Nobel process become entirely too political when the unknown author of an obscure, minor work like mine doesn’t even stand a chance?