October 13, 2016 by AK
Some people are asking, “Why not Philip Roth? Why not Leonard Cohen?”
Well, for some reason Stockholm doesn’t like Roth. It’s almost as if they had agreed to strike him off the list for good.
Cohen is Canadian. Alice Munro used up the quota in 2013. Two Canadians within five years and not a single American in twenty-four would have been too much. Also, great as Cohen is, he’s less of an era by himself than Bob Dylan.
There are sillier questions, like “why not Paul McCartney?” I guess that’s because Sir Paul is mostly a tunesmith. If there is a British lyricist deserving the prize, that must be Morrissey.
There’s more to life than books, you know.
But not much more,
not much more.