The French writer Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio, won the 2008 Nobel Prize. It says something about the state of the world that much of his work is not translated into or available in English.
We are being seen, it seems, as insulated, uneducated, and ignorant. Palin waving her mouth and fist about in a flurry of anger, hate, and lies only increases that image.
from the NY Times:
Asked at the news conference if he had any message to convey, Mr. Le Clézio said: “My message will be very clear; it is that I think we have to continue to read novels. Because I think that the novel is a very good means to question the current world without having an answer that is too schematic, too automatic. The novelist, he’s not a philosopher, not a technician of spoken language. He’s someone who writes, above all, and through the novel asks questions.”
In its citation, the Swedish Academy praised Mr. Le Clézio, 68, as the “author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization.”