Harold Pinter Wins Nobel for Literature

Harold Pinter British playwright and poet has won the Nobel Prize for Literature. The citation reads as,

“who in his plays uncovers the precipice under everyday prattle and forces entry into oppression’s closed rooms”


Michelle Malkin highlights some of Pinters poetry.

American Football
It works.
We blew the shit out of them.

We blew the shit right back up their own ass
And out their fucking ears.

It works.
We blew the shit out of them.
They suffocated in their own shit!

Praise the Lord for all good things.

We blew them into fucking shit.
They are eating it.

Praise the Lord for all good things.

We blew their balls into shards of dust,
Into shards of fucking dust.

We did it.

Now I want you to come over here and kiss me on the mouth.

Hmmm…Michelle notes that the poem “…is satirising, through language that is deliberately violent, obscene, sexual and celebratory, the military triumphalism that followed the Gulf War and, at the same time, counteracting the stage-managed euphemisms through which it was projected on television”. I guess Pinter hasn’t been to a British soccer or rugby match (yes, yes I get it that Pinter is calling Gulf War I American Football because he thought it was horribly violent like American football games).

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  1. I’m so ashamed that I am not recognizing the Nobel Committee’s vast artistic wisdom here, just as I was not with their Peace Prize choice (sociopolitical wisdom, in the latter case).

    I guess I should just go back to reading Shakespeare and praising Reagan.

  2. Maureen says:

    Ugh. What complete crap.

  3. Ben There says:

    I change that which I can change. I ignore all the other crap!

  4. An Interested Party says:

    Just like rubbing salt in the wound, isn’t it? Just isn’t your month I suppose…

  5. Scott in CA says:

    They should have given the Nobel to Stephen King. He’s written more, sold more, and made more sense than the last 20 winners combined. At least someone reads his work.