nobel prize for literature
On November 8, the Nobel Prize for literature was bestowed on the Belarusian journalist Svetlana Alexievich, aged 67. It was among the few instances in which the work of the laureate was focused outside the traditional areas of poetry, fiction, and drama.
Ever since I read Villa Triste in my late teens, I have been captivated by Patrick Modiano's forays into the shadowy atmosphere of ravaged memories that make up his novels. I am far from alone, since Modiano is somewhat of a cult figure in France, read by thousands.
Garcia Márquez has been a part of a long tradition of literary greats who were known to use and/or advocate for homeopathic medicine.
Canadian author Alice Munro won the 2013 Nobel Prize In Literature on Thursday for "her finely tuned storytelling."
Don't forget Tom Stoppard. He's among the few masters; he's a unique mind, true genius. He deserves the Nobel Prize.
I've known Phil now for almost all of his writing life, beginning in the sixties, when he used to eat a lot of dinners at the New York apartment of me and my late wife Norma. In fact, one of Phil's best comic turns was at my expense, and took place on Martha's Vineyard during one of his many visits there.