Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Is GCL Too Ignant for a Nobel Prize?
From CNN: According to Horace Engdahl, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, the folks behind the Nobel Prize, American writers are too stupid to compete with European writers for the most coveted prize in literature.
"The U.S. is too isolated, too insular. They don't translate enough and don't really participate in the big dialogue of literature," Engdahl said. "That ignorance is restraining."
True, we are a country that is thiiiis close to putting John McCain and Lynn Spears in power, but it's ridiculous to say that a conservative blip in our nation's history erases our nation's rich literary heritage. Am I the only person who's read Style from A to Zoe??
This isn't the first time the esteemed society of Nobel laureates has pish poshed America either. Last year some crazy writer said that the September 11th attacks were no big deal compared to the IRA attacks on the UK in 70s and 80s.
It's not fun to be an American right now. With the world poo-pooing us for our stupid leaders, our tanking economy and our country's recent obsession with moose hunting, we're inching toward yokel cousin status on the world scene.
But we're not yokels yet and I take umbrage (there's a word for ya) at the disrespectful, haughty tone some of these Euro trash intellectuals are taking with America. Don't you know our crazy President loves to bomb people? How'd you like a pre-emptive strike on Stockholm before your fancy little award ceremony next week? I'm sure the nice people of Sweden don't all agree with Horace Engdahl, but just to be safe, someone should hang him in a public square as a sign of good faith toward America.
Just a thought.