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(Chicago Trib)   Alice Munro wins the Nobel Prize for Literature   (chicagotribune.com) divider line 41
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2013-10-10 11:19:43 AM
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Inconsolable.
 
2013-10-10 11:55:48 AM
H.H. Munro was a better short story writer.  But he's dead, and Alice is a damn good author.  So good choice.
 
2013-10-10 12:01:11 PM
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Congratulations are in order.
 
2013-10-10 12:01:46 PM
I never cared much for her writing, but she is universally praised and I think the award is deserved. At least it wasn't Margaret farkin' Atwood who was the first Canadian to get the Nobel for literature.
 
2013-10-10 12:03:27 PM
They gave it to a Canuck?

Serious response: Congrats to her, though I can't say I've ever read any of her stuff. I don't read many short stories, though sounds like it might be worth picking up one of her collections sometime.
 
2013-10-10 12:04:41 PM
Bob Dylan should write a song for her.
 
2013-10-10 12:19:49 PM
Alice Munro and Sarah Polley almost make up for  Avril Lavigne and Alanis Morrissette.

...... almost.
 
2013-10-10 12:20:42 PM
Uh oh- has anyone told David Gilmour at the U of T?
 
2013-10-10 12:39:39 PM
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"MUNROOOOOOOOOOOO!"
 
2013-10-10 12:57:02 PM
50 Shades of Gray shut out again??!
 
2013-10-10 01:03:21 PM

dittybopper: [media.lunch.com image 400x510]

Inconsolable.


Lol.  I thought I'd be the only one who recognized the name.
 
2013-10-10 01:06:54 PM
The Japanese are at least take as consolation that Murakami is usually right next to Munro on the shelves.
 
2013-10-10 01:10:46 PM

drewbob21: dittybopper: [media.lunch.com image 400x510]

Inconsolable.

Lol.  I thought I'd be the only one who recognized the name.


Look in my profile and see why that is highly unlikely.
 
2013-10-10 01:23:44 PM
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RIP Dr. Monroe
 
2013-10-10 01:26:38 PM
As a Canadian, I should be proud and all, but I hate hate hate Canadian literature.  It's all staring out windows at snow-covered cornfields, stuff that seems to serve no literary purpose but to make you feel guilty about something or other.  Atwood's the worst offender of the bunch.

Please prove me wrong.  I welcome any counterexamples you may have.

\actually, to be fair, I enjoyed Robertson Davies
\\and 'A Strange Manuscript Found In A Copper Cylinder' for 19th c. sci-fi weirdness
 
2013-10-10 01:56:49 PM
www.graffitiwithpunctuation.net

/I love that ending sequence
 
2013-10-10 02:00:06 PM

Honest Geologist: As a Canadian, I should be proud and all, but I hate hate hate Canadian literature.  It's all staring out windows at snow-covered cornfields, stuff that seems to serve no literary purpose but to make you feel guilty about something or other.  Atwood's the worst offender of the bunch.

Please prove me wrong.  I welcome any counterexamples you may have.

\actually, to be fair, I enjoyed Robertson Davies
\\and 'A Strange Manuscript Found In A Copper Cylinder' for 19th c. sci-fi weirdness


I'm with you. Too much Canadian Lit forced down my throat in school, 95% of it utter crap. But yes, Davies is pretty good.
 
2013-10-10 02:01:25 PM

dittybopper: drewbob21: dittybopper: [media.lunch.com image 400x510]

Inconsolable.

Lol.  I thought I'd be the only one who recognized the name.

Look in my profile and see why that is highly unlikely.


Cool.  I see what you mean.
 
2013-10-10 02:02:40 PM

Fox10456: Bob Dylan should write a song for her.


Elton John already did.
 
2013-10-10 02:02:52 PM

Witty_Retort: [www.graffitiwithpunctuation.net image 640x275]

/I love that ending sequence


www.mohicanpress.com
 
2013-10-10 02:03:28 PM

stanhapsburg: Fox10456: Bob Dylan should write a song for her.

Elton John already did.


Hey, you guys remember Alice?  This is a thread about Alice.
 
2013-10-10 02:30:41 PM

Honest Geologist: As a Canadian, I should be proud and all, but I hate hate hate Canadian literature.  It's all staring out windows at snow-covered cornfields, stuff that seems to serve no literary purpose but to make you feel guilty about something or other.  Atwood's the worst offender of the bunch.

Please prove me wrong.  I welcome any counterexamples you may have.

\actually, to be fair, I enjoyed Robertson Davies
\\and 'A Strange Manuscript Found In A Copper Cylinder' for 19th c. sci-fi weirdness


Not a Canadian, but I would be proud of Canadian Lit.   On a per population basis, you get a lot of bang for your literary buck.   If Timothy Findley had lived in Brooklyn, the New York Times would never cease slobbering his knob.

"Staring out the snow feeling guilty about stuff" is hardly a trait Canadians have copyrighted.   You've basically summarized all 19th Century Russian Literature, and it's  wonderful stuff.
 
2013-10-10 02:39:39 PM

Honest Geologist: As a Canadian, I should be proud and all, but I hate hate hate Canadian literature.  It's all staring out windows at snow-covered cornfields, stuff that seems to serve no literary purpose but to make you feel guilty about something or other.  Atwood's the worst offender of the bunch.

Please prove me wrong.  I welcome any counterexamples you may have.

\actually, to be fair, I enjoyed Robertson Davies
\\and 'A Strange Manuscript Found In A Copper Cylinder' for 19th c. sci-fi weirdness


CanLit has actually evolved over the years from the prairie winter stereotype. I suggest that you check out the following:

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2013-10-10 02:44:00 PM

InmanRoshi: Not a Canadian, but I would be proud of Canadian Lit.   On a per population basis, you get a lot of bang for your literary buck.   If Timothy Findley had lived in Brooklyn, the New York Times would never cease slobbering his knob.


And, oh, how Findley would have enjoyed that.

Here's another great (and funny) Canadian read that is decidedly not stereotypical:

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2013-10-10 03:33:54 PM
It would be nice if this award created a resurgence in the popularity of the short story. Unless you are very literary, write SF, mystery or detective stuff, there aren't many print outlets for your work.
 
2013-10-10 03:56:42 PM
Honest Geologist:
As a Canadian, I should be proud and all, but I hate hate hate Canadian literature. It's all staring out windows at snow-covered cornfields, stuff that seems to serve no literary purpose but to make you feel guilty about something or other. Atwood's the worst offender of the bunch.

Honestly, Atwood is a lot less the stereotypical Can Lit than someone like Margaret Laurence was.  No novel is more Can Lit than "The Stone Angel" or "The Diviners".

My biggest beef with Atwood is that she vehemently denies writing sci-fi, despite the fact that she wrote an obviously sci-fi trilogy crammed full of obviously sci-fi shiat.  She's a lit snob who hates to think of herself as being tainted with mere "genre" (but will happily cash the resultant checks).
 
2013-10-10 04:10:11 PM

Old_Chief_Scott: It would be nice if this award created a resurgence in the popularity of the short story. Unless you are very literary, write SF, mystery or detective stuff, there aren't many print outlets for your work.


Part of that is the demise of the printed periodical magazine, since they were the mediums in which so many short stories were published and delivered to reading audiences.     Even this one.

mybookshelfreview.com


Still, I think the undying love George Saunders receives shows there is still a lot of appetite out there for great short story fiction.
 
2013-10-10 04:27:50 PM
She's almost as good as Spider Robinson.
 
2013-10-10 04:42:24 PM
No Such Agency:

Point taken.  As long as I can continue disliking her...

I_Love_Cheesecake:

Thanks for the recommendations.

InmanRoshi:

But I like it when the Russians do it... maybe I'm one of those self-hating Canadians...
 
2013-10-10 05:09:30 PM

InmanRoshi: Part of that is the demise of the printed periodical magazine, since they were the mediums in which so many short stories were published and delivered to reading audiences.     Even this one.


I agree. Others are filling such a small niche that getting exposure as an author is to a very limited audience. I used to use duotrope.com to look for outlets but those accepting short historical fiction are few and far between. Now they are a pay site and I can't convince myself that it's worth the money.
 
2013-10-10 06:35:18 PM
WHAR LICHEN THREAD WHAR
 
2013-10-10 07:40:00 PM
InmanRoshi:
Even this one.

"Even"?  A lot of the century's better American authors got a boost from Playboy.  After all there was a time when it was worth it to read the articles.
 
2013-10-10 08:11:16 PM

Honest Geologist: As a Canadian, I should be proud and all, but I hate hate hate Canadian literature.  It's all staring out windows at snow-covered cornfields, stuff that seems to serve no literary purpose but to make you feel guilty about something or other.  Atwood's the worst offender of the bunch.

Please prove me wrong.  I welcome any counterexamples you may have.

\actually, to be fair, I enjoyed Robertson Davies
\\and 'A Strange Manuscript Found In A Copper Cylinder' for 19th c. sci-fi weirdness


As one Canadian earth scientist to another:
I would argue that Atwood doesn't strive to make anyone feel guilty, but rather strives to make social trends in inequality known. I really, really, really like Oryx and Crake, and maybe you will too since it's set in a post-apocalyptic world of climate change. It's probably a little dated already since it (to my recollection) doesn't feature smartphones in a tech-savvy world gone mad. And it may induce guilt in anyone who watches child porn, I guess?

Another Canadian I really like is Allister MacLeod - certainly writes about crushing poverty in Cape Breton but goddammit, his prose is just so beautiful! I also like Douglas Coupland, and I don't think anyone ever accused him of being grim or depressing (though possibly twee). In the Grim and Depressing Canadians genre (which I enjoy when it's done well), I like Sinclair Ross and John Marlyn.

Overall, though, my favourite authors are Argentinian (Borges), Czech (Kundera), Indian (Rushdie) and...whatever Doris Lessing is (Rwandan??). Totally with you on Strange Manuscript, too.
 
2013-10-10 08:22:14 PM
ASLO! If anyone has not seen the movie Away from Her, based on Munro's story The Bear Came Over the Mountain, and directed by Sarah Polley, go watch it right now. It is fantastic, but farking heartbreaking. Bring kleenexes.
 
2013-10-10 09:06:58 PM
 
2013-10-10 10:12:52 PM

Gosling: Thunk U For Nobbel Prise, Me Happie Now


I have been laughing hysterically at that all day.
 
2013-10-10 10:39:29 PM
Eh plus!

There's a new cadre of immigrant authors writing some great stuff that's not all soul searching on the prairies. Yann Martel, Rohinton Mistry, Rawi Hage.
 
2013-10-10 10:44:13 PM

No Such Agency: InmanRoshi:
Even this one.

"Even"?  A lot of the century's better American authors got a boost from Playboy.  After all there was a time when it was worth it to read the articles.


Yeah, Hugh Hefner envisioned Playboy as the magazine that would deliver all that the well-rounded man needs.  Literature, in-depth interviews with interesting people, analysis of current events, and tits.  And I must agree, I'm a fan of all of those things.
 
2013-10-11 12:09:05 AM

Honest Geologist: As a Canadian, I should be proud and all, but I hate hate hate Canadian literature.  It's all staring out windows at snow-covered cornfields, stuff that seems to serve no literary purpose but to make you feel guilty about something or other.  Atwood's the worst offender of the bunch.  Please prove me wrong.  I welcome any counterexamples you may have.


Read Munro's story 'Meneseteung', if you can find it.  Originally in the January 1988 New Yorker.  It's also in the 1989 Best American Short Stories edited by Margaret Atwood, as well as the Best American Short Stories of the Century collection edited by Updike.

Atwood can be skipped IMHO.  I don't think she's done anything that other writers haven't done better.  That's not true of Munro.  Every once in a great while the Nobel committee does something right.
 
2013-10-11 06:24:02 AM

Honest Geologist: As a Canadian, I should be proud and all, but I hate hate hate Canadian literature.  It's all staring out windows at snow-covered cornfields, stuff that seems to serve no literary purpose but to make you feel guilty about something or other.  Atwood's the worst offender of the bunch.

Please prove me wrong.  I welcome any counterexamples you may have.

\actually, to be fair, I enjoyed Robertson Davies
\\and 'A Strange Manuscript Found In A Copper Cylinder' for 19th c. sci-fi weirdness


*Ahem.*
 
2013-10-11 10:04:24 AM
This thread delivers.  Looks like I've got a lot of reading to do.
 
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