Paul, what books would you have awarded prizes to? We can look up Pulitzer winners anywhere else.
Yeah, Stranger should have it's own Paulitzer Prize.
I just started Oscar Wao yesterday (on the basis of its TOB win), but isn't it entirely possible that the novel is winning oodles of awards because it's deserving (instead of "safe")? What would have been a deservingly brave choice in your opinion? And are the Pulitzers even meant to be brave anyway?
I'm still staggered that AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY won the Pulitzer for Drama. How on earth did an excellent play win this prize, which has gone recently to such crap as TOPDOG/UNDERDOG?
Junot Diaz is reading in my area (NJ) tomorrow-I can't wait to hear his reaction.
I heard the Times was busy reading No Country For Old Men ... when the awards came out ...
@1 and 3: Oscar Wao is a great book. But the Pulitzer will frequently pick something from the lesser literary pile that deserves extra attention (a la Russo's Empire Falls, which I loved, or Middlesex.) I was thinking that perhaps Amy Bloom's Away would be good for that. But don't interpret my talk of Oscar Wao to be a dismissal; I just didn't think it needed to win another award, since it deservedly ruled the literary roost last year.
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