Tag: Nobel Prize

Glen Youngkin Wants to Ban Toni Morrison’s Beloved

Here is the most embarrassing thing I can think of. You are a high school senior. You read Beloved, Toni Morrison’s searing novel about slavery and family, as part of an A.P. English class. Then you have a nightmare about the book. For some reason, despite being 17 or perhaps even 18 years old, you […]

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Glenn Youngkin Wants to Ban Toni Morrison’s Beloved

Here is the most embarrassing thing I can think of. You are a high school senior. You read Beloved, Toni Morrison’s searing novel about slavery and family, as part of an A.P. English class. Then you have a nightmare about the book. For some reason, despite being 17 or perhaps even 18 years old, you […]

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Tragedy Kept Alan Krueger From Claiming a Nobel Prize, but He’s Not Forgotten

But Clinton was persuaded finally in 1996 to raise it in stages to $5.15, in part by Card and Krueger’s paper. Krueger himself was by then working in Clinton’s administration as chief economist at the Labor Department. (Krueger would later be assistant treasury secretary for economic policy and chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers […]

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Why Did Abdulrazak Gurnah Win the Nobel Prize for Literature?

Born in Zanzibar, Gurnah moved to the United Kingdom as a refugee after a military coup in 1964 that led to the persecution of citizens of Arabic origin. He has lived in the United Kingdom ever since and has written exclusively in English, his second language. (Gurnah is a native speaker of Swahili.) His first […]

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Why Did Abdulrazak Gurnah Win the Nobel Prize in Literature?

Born in Zanzibar, Gurnah moved to the U.K. as a refugee after a military coup in 1964 that led to the persecution of citizens of Arabic origin. He has lived in Britain ever since and has written exclusively in English, his second language. (Gurnah is a native speaker of Swahili.) His first novel, Memory of […]

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Who Will Win the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature?

There is No Chance in Hell That Any of These Americans Win Jamaica Kincaid (Antiguan-American novelist and plant enthusiast; 13-1 odds) Don DeLillo (Would benefit from some good publicity before the Noah Baumbach adaptation of White Noise is released; 17-1 odds) Cormac McCarthy (Ridley Scott collaborator; 34-1 odds) Marilynne Robinson (The fading paint on a […]

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Nobel Committee Chair Anders Olsson on the “Renovation” of the Prize for Literature

It’s funny—the Swedish Academy was founded a year before the American Constitution was ratified and it seems like you’re having similar difficulties with interpreting an old governing document that we are. Yes! [laughs] But that was only part of the problem. Another aspect of our work has been to modernize the organization of the Academy, […]

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