I was saddened to hear about the death of Doris Lessing. I read a lot of her work while in college and some of her short stories since then.
I like her work a lot.
That said, I wasn’t a fan of her response to winning to Nobel Prize back in 2007. While nonchalance can be charming and a disinterest in competition can seem noble, this is the Nobel Prize. Out of respect for all those who came before her and all those who toil for a lifetime in hopes of achieving this level of recognition, I thought it was disrespectful to dismiss the news of her win so offhandedly and follow it up by stating that “I’ve won all the prizes in Europe. Every bloody one,” as if none of them matter anymore.
I felt like the reporter understood the importance of this win better than she did.
Also, and perhaps more importantly, what the hell is hanging on the neck of the person who was in the car with her? And what is in his hands?