Thursday, October 11, 2007


Doris Lessing in a publicity photo for "The Golden Notebook" (1962).

I am embarrassed and dumbfounded that I have not read a single book by Doris Lessing, this year's winner for the Nobel Prize in Literature.
I was thinking the other day that Bob Dylan should be added to that nobel pantheon of great writers.
Writers such as Gore Vidal and Norman Mailer might not make it before their earthly exits.
I was appalled that Henry Miller never received the Nobel Prize.
I read his books and Thomas Wolfe's or John Steinbeck's on the same day, and would be equally awed by each.
There are many other Nobel Prize winners who I haven't read.
I'll begin today with Doris Lessing.

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