Did He Really Just Say That?
The announcement of the Nobel prize winners in Literature is to be made today. I’m sure most of you have heard or read about permanent secretary Horace Engdahl’s thoughts of U.S. writers. According to him, we are too “insular” and “ignorant” to compete against European writers. I guess we know where he stands.
When I first read this, I felt kind of insulted. However, I’m not taking this personal. It’s his opinion. He has a right to it. We’ve had writers in the past who won the Nobel prize and present/future ones are just as capable of following in their footsteps. Perhaps, as David Remnick from the New Yorker stated, Mr. Engdahl hasn’t read much outside of Mainstream. In the end, I don’t think it really matters.