America to Nobel Literature Head: Fuck you.
I’m not saying that American writers are better than those of other countries, but I don’t for a moment think that they’re any worse. Isolationist Horace Engdahl, however, does:
According to Engdahl, great writers actually flee other countries so they can travel to the non-censored nirvana of Europe. Which is why the Nobel Committee, who believes the best writers are European, continue to pick European writers as the best writers. Not circular at all there, no siree.
But we, apparantly, don’t have enough non-American voices writing in America. I mean, it’s not as if we have a history of immigration and a diversity of cultures to draw from.
Granted, Hemingway wrote about Cuba and Buck wrote about China, so I guess they were OK to give Nobels to. But Faulkner and Lewis - the Nobel people must have forgotten to actually read their works, or they never would have given the Nobels to such American writing. If none of Harold Bloom’s Big Four (Don DeLillo, Thomas Pynchon, Philip Roth, and Cormac McCarthy) get a Nobel Prize, it’s no skin off my nose, but to not even be considered for a Nobel Prize, you’re out of your fucking mind.