In today’s NYT Ann Patchett decries the Pulitzer Board’s decision to not award a winner in fiction this year. It’s worth reading just to find out what her favorite books were this year (in addition to being a writer, she is a bookseller). This one short essay is peppered with great lines. Here’s just two, to entice you to read the full piece:
1) With book coverage in the media split evenly between Fifty Shades of Grey and The Hunger Games, wouldn’t it have been something to have people talking about The Pale King…?
2) Unfortunately, the world of literature lacks the scandal, hype and pretty dresses that draw people to the Academy Awards, which, by the way, is not an institution devoted to choosing the best movie every year as much as it is an institution designed to get people excited about going to the movies. The Pulitzer Prize is our best chance as writers and readers and booksellers to celebrate fiction.