I thought that I’d done everything I was supposed to do. This was back in the springtime of 2007, about seven months before Norman Mailer died.
French novelist Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio was named this year's winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday. Le Clézio, whom the Swedish Academy fancifully described as an "author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilisation," has written more than 20 novels since the early age of 23.
Internationally acclaimed essayist, novelist and playwright Gore Vidal argues that America under Bush is evincing characteristics of the post-fall-of-Rome Dark Ages: the triumph of faith over reason, the atrophy of education and critical thinking, and integration of the state, torture and religion.