Friday, October 14, 2005














Harold Pinter is the Nobel Prize winner for Literature; the German press isn't thrilled.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: His last plays are ever more anaemic, dumb and hollow

Die Tageszeitung: 'an insult to world literature'

"The Academy's decision to award the prize to Pinter is almost wise: It hasn't destroyed their reputation, but it has very effectively lowered people's expectations."


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Pinter has good company in the new De Young Museum in SF:

"A rusty Star Destroyer," quipped an unimpressed observer of the new $202 million museum's angular, copper-clad exterior - a feature that also has inspired epithets such as "aircraft carrier" and "S.S. de Young."
"If they plant ivy right now," mused a newspaper reader in a letter to the San Francisco Chronicle, will it "grow fast enough to cover the de Young before anyone notices how ugly it is?"
San Jose Mercury News

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