Thursday, October 13, 2005

Harold Pinter

wins Nobel literature prize. Very exciting--seems an excellent choice to me, though I'm sure that many will be disappointed it's gone to an English-language writer. Personally I prefer Tom Stoppard, his plays are so much more immediately enjoyable and likeable and intellectual, but I think the case can certainly be made that Pinter's the more major figure. (Also depressing plays/novels always trump funny ones for this kind of prize, some of those poets that have won the Nobel are pretty playful but otherwise it's a more dour scene...)


  1. Stoppard would have been a great choice (but this is okay too). Have you read the interview with him in The Believer yet? Really interesting.

  2. Oh, I must get that, thanks for the tip.