I’m not sure how many of you have read about the latest Nobel laureate for literature in the last couple of days. Doris Lessing has made news yet again, even though she has been in the news constantly since she won the Nobel Prise. But she isn’t talking about her writing, she isn’t talking about how great it’s been to win the Nobel. If you haven’t read the article yet you can read the CBC article or the see what CNN has to say.
Before I go any further I want to admit that I have never read anything by Doris Lessing. And so I don’t know what she writes about and that’s really irrelevant for what I’m writing about (as far as I know).
Both of the above mentioned articles presents a different side of the Nobel than what many of us may thing. It’s a goal for many writers, I would think, to obtain that particular prize. There is nothing greater than the Nobel in any aspect of live, not only writing. I’m sure some debate could arise on this statement alone, there are some out there that would argue that the Pulitzer is the greatest prize in the writing world but I would argue otherwise. Once you have the Nobel where can you go from there?
The problem that I have with Lessing in this particular situation is that she is blaming her inability to write now on the fact that she has to go around talking to everyone about her win. Well, here’s the rub. Lessing, as far as I know has the capacity to say no to an interview, can she not? If she would just be selective in the interviews she is willing to participate in she would have more time to work on her craft. And these two articles show how far the problem has gone, instead of ignoring the media and spend time writing she goes to them to complain the lack of time to write.
Am I over simplifying things here? Does Lessing have no control over her schedule? What should she do?
I also want to remind everyone that I’m looking for a title for this feature. You can read more about what I hope to do with this feature by reading the original post. And I would like to remind you that the title that wins will receive a $25 gift certificate to the online bookstore of their choice. The contest closes the end of May. Thank you to lost that have already left suggestions either as a comment or emailed them to firstname.lastname@example.org. The winner will be posted on June 1, 2008.