Thanks Steven. I do monitor the postings on a regular basis, even if I don't post anything. Always great to read what you guys have to say.
I agree with what Sterling said for the most part. I also think, though, that what the author of the article is really raging against is the MFA culture (and the type of writing it espouses) that seems to dominate American literature. In this sense, he's absolutely right in his criticism. That said, not every writer succombs to this, and the really good ones transcend it entirely, shouldn't be grouped with the MFAers, and are worthy of Nobel consideration. Cormac McCarthy comes to mind.
Predictions: If it's true that they're looking outside of Europe, then one of the two people I always predict to win, William Trevor (the other, Mario Vargas Llosa, finally won it last year), is out. It could very well go to a poet, and if that's the case, I can't offer up any suggestions.
As far as novelists go, though, I'd guess that Haruki Murakami would be near the top given his oeuvre and the praise for his new novel, and since Canada hasn't won save for Saul Bellow, I'd put Margaret Atwood up there too (though I'd prefer Alice Munro get it). Carlos Fuentes of Mexico also is deserving, but I can't see them giving it to two Latin American writers in a row. I can also see Ismail Kadare as a dark horse.
My opinion: I hope it's William Trevor, but I predict it will be Haruki Murakami.
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