Greedy Fuckin’ Fit Haver

Normally I like to post only once a day. But something so stupid and egregious caught my attention, that I couldn’t hold back. Horace Engdahl, the chief of the Nobel Prize committee,  (Who the hell died and left him in charge?), thinks that Americans are too “ignorant” to be great writers: ‘‘The U.S. is too isolated, too insular. They don’t translate enough and don’t really participate in the big dialogue of literature,” Engdahl said. ”That ignorance is restraining.”

I’m the biggest fan of living abroad and learning new things, but this has gone to far.

Since Mr. Engdahl only respects European words, I’ve got some for him: “To generalize is to be an idiot.” Well said, William Blake. Engdahl has not only grossly underestimated the largest population in the Western world, but he brought shame on the Nobel committee. He’s also done a great job of perpetuating the stereotype of Euro-snobbery. Lekker bezig, wijfje.

You know what will help everyone participate in the “big dialogue” (discourse is a better word) of literature? You know what will keep people writing and not feel discouraged because of their birth place? Not labeling them as “ignorant.” That’s cute that he speaks five languages, but if he can’t say anything intelligent, there is no point. He needs to apologize and retire.

Asshole. Transatlantic culture wars help no one.

Anyway, this is a music blog. So, Mr. Engdahl, this one’s for you. Don’t tell me what to write, and don’t tell me that I’m wrong.

Backstabber by the Dresden Dolls

Advertisements

4 Responses to “Greedy Fuckin’ Fit Haver”


  1. 1 ashley October 1, 2008 at 06:15

    he is suparlame!
    i hate european snobbery of all things american, just because it seems like the right thing to do.

    anyway, loving the musical turn of your blog ;)

  2. 2 amherstdam October 1, 2008 at 10:39

    Why, thank you! But yeah, the European “America Sucks” party has gotten old really fast. I know we do crazy shit, but guess what; I know it more than someone who has never lived there.

    Oy.

  3. 3 Wes Brewer October 1, 2008 at 15:08

    Gosh isn’t Europe where Hitler got his start. Hmm. Europe is where one can write in peace????
    Horace Endgahl doesn’t deserve to be associated with the Nobel. Great literature doesn’t seem to be connected to Horace–except to make him rich—talk about being insular—get you bod out of books Horace and try getting a few blisters on you lily white European hands.

  4. 4 Lincoln October 1, 2008 at 16:18

    “Insular” is not necessarily a bad thing in writing. Faulkner’s great works are insular and were duly awarded by the NP committee. Show me a fiction writer, Mr. Engdahl, who shuns his natural insularity, and I’ll show you a grandstanding idiot.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s




September 2008
S M T W T F S
« Aug   Oct »
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
282930  
The Hype Machine mp3 blogs Questions? Comments? Post suggestions? Leave a comment or mail me at: amherstdam....(at)....gmail.com

%d bloggers like this: