Friday, October 12, 2007

THE NOBEL PRIZE: the morning after

The Nobel Prize is not the Oscars. Doris Lessing, now 88, finally recognized for her prolific contributions to literature, is pictured on the front page of today’s New York Times after hearing she’d won. Nobody is critiquing her peacock blue dress that clearly wasn’t designed by Bob Mackie and there are no Harry Winston glittering baubles. She’s quoted as saying, “I had forgotten about it actually”, which I believe as she would have done something with her hair and put on lipstick. She was heard to cancel a date to meet someone at a Chinese restaurant, apologizing that she couldn’t go because she’d just won the Nobel Prize. That's surely the most unique excuse ever for breaking a date. No after-party for her!

Al Gore, who won for his efforts to spread awareness on man-made climate issues, probably didn't rush to call his agent to translate the award into a negotiating tool should he make a sequel to his documentary, An Inconvenient Truth though More Inconvenient Truths might be forthcoming. Many are hoping – but I wouldn't include Hillary, Edwards or Obama – that the prize will propel him to run for office.

The chairman of the prize committee said Gore’s award of the peace prize should not be interpreted as "singling out the administration of President George W. Bush for criticism. A peace prize is never a criticism of anything. A peace prize is a positive message and support to all those champions of peace in the world."

He failed to mention that Doris Lessing’s prize in the field of literature should also not be construed as a criticism of our president, who not only doesn't write, but doesn't read. It takes far less than the Nobel Prize to make this president look bad.