Le Guin vs. literary awards - Input Junkie
Le Guin vs. literary awards|
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?)