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Le Guin vs. literary awards - Input Junkie
December 29th, 2011
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Le Guin vs. literary awards

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From:subnumine
Date:December 29th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
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She's saying that a list - from the "Great Works of Western Culture" to the Newberry - is winner-take-all; not literature as a whole (although it can become so; think of Suzette Hayden Elgin's At the Seventh Level). And they are; either your book has the Hugo or it doesn't. (There's a runner-up status for the Newberry; but it has the same problems.)

As Orwell summarized Hayek: The trouble with competitions is that somebody wins them. And once won, they stay won.

(The idiot spellcheck doesn't like Elgin - it knows Elgar though; or Hayek or Newberry. How about the Marbles, guys?)
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