Bret Easton Ellis Not a Fan of Nobel Winner Alice Munro
Bret Easton Ellis isn’t happy. I know, so what’s new? Well, it’s another year, and with it comes another Nobel Prize for Literature. The choice has been welcomed by some and reviled by others. No one seems to have taken more offense than Bret Easton Ellis, who took to the Twitterverse on Friday to denounce the decision.
"Alice Munro is so completely overrated," he wrote. "Alice Munro was always an overrated writer and now that she's won the Nobel she always will be. The Nobel is a joke and has been for ages."
His complaints are not a surprise as, for example, he’s previously said David Foster Wallace is "the most tedious, overrated, tortured, pretentious writer of my generation.” Ellis also described blockbuster Gravity as "totally boring”.
It’s not just him, though, as Christian Lorentzen agreed, retweeting Ellis with “Amen” tacked on. A reviewer for the London Review of Books, Lorentzen savaged Munro's last short story collection, Dear Life.
Over a career now in its sixth decade, she's rehearsed the same themes again and again, but that's because she’s a master of variation. She has preternatural powers of sympathy and empathy, but she’s never sentimental.
He did profit from her win, collecting £400 (around $630) from a bet that Munro would win the Nobel. I guess it just goes to show you can’t please all of the people all of the time. Did Munro deserve the Nobel? Does anyone “deserve” these prizes?
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