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5:21 PM - Oct 14, 2017 #131

I do think one feature of this year's laureate is it validates MFA programs, for whatever good that does.
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10:46 PM - Oct 14, 2017 #132

only read one of his books long ago and from memory was reasonably good but not to the standard where I wanted to read more.

as per some others the benefit of speculation are the discoveries during that process (I have also added Edna O’Brien as an author to read as her name has popped up annually here and I am certain based on extracts that I will enjoy her works) and the winner has rarely prompted anything, and I am not planning to read anything further from this year’s winner

I see he has not been active recently apart from Buried Giant and since that exclusively songwriting....
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10:55 PM - Oct 14, 2017 #133

Whatever good that does...about covers it
I only think, if that is the name for this vertiginous panic as of hornets smoked out of their nests, once a certain degree of terror has been exceeded
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7:42 PM - Nov 11, 2017 #134

How many Nobel prize winners have you read at least one entire book by per decade ?

Me:

1900: 1
10: 1
20: 4
30: 1
40: 4
50: 3
60: 4
70: 4
80: 4
90: 5
2000: 5
10: 5
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1:28 AM - Nov 12, 2017 #135

mandm wrote:How many Nobel prize winners have you read at least one entire book by per decade ?
okay, did it for giggles, found overall I've read half the laureates, huh:
1900: 1 / 10: 1 / 20: 4 / 30: 2 / 40: 4 / 50: 4 / 60: 7 / 70: 6 / 80: 8 / 90: 7 / 2000: 7 / 10: 5
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2:12 AM - Nov 12, 2017 #136

Feel a bit silly posting this, but games are often silly:

1901-10: 5 // 11-20: 5 // 21-30: 6 // 31-39: 5 // 44-50: 4 // 51-60: 4 // 61-70: 6 // 71-80: 7 // 81-90: 6 // 91-2000: 3 // 2001-10: 7 // 11-17: 5

The 90s are the less appealing decade to me, laureate-wise.
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9:17 AM - Nov 12, 2017 #137

Well, of course it is silly. And I'll try to avoid become a gamesmaster... the reason I counted really was to see how 'canonical' (cringe) my reading has been. Silly thing in itself, really.

This Guardian article has some mainly predictable suggestions on expanding the canon. Feels like this debate hasn't moved on enough in twenty years or so...

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/ ... e-syllabus
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9:38 AM - Nov 12, 2017 #138

Okay, I'll play. I've been making more of an effort with recent winners...

1900: 1
10: 1
20: 3
30: 2
40: 3
50: 2
60: 3
70: 4
80: 3
90: 5
2000: 6
10: 8
?He wishes he had never entered the funhouse. But he has. Then he wishes he were dead. But he's not. Therefore he will construct funhouses for others and be their secret operator--though he would rather be among the lovers for whom funhouses are designed.?
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10:35 AM - Nov 12, 2017 #139

Hmmm. If I count individual poems (that I distinctly remember) as opposed to full collections, and at least one that I gave up on halfway through a novel.

1900: 3
10: 1
20: 3
30: 0
40: 2
50: 2
60: 1
70: 5
80: 5
90: 3
2000: 6
10: 8

Some really embarrassing holes in my reading, especially during the 30s-60s.
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9:43 AM - Nov 13, 2017 #140

Here I go.. first half of last century, a lot of reading to do.

1900s : 1
10 : 2
20 : 2
30: 4
40 : 2
50 : 4
60 : 8
70 : 3
80 : 3
90 : 7
00 : 9
10 : 7
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