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Monday, January 05, 2004
There's a good article in the Post about Steven King's speech at the National Book Awards ceremony. He was given a lifetime achievement award, and yet his popular fiction, and that of others like John Grisham, Tom Clancy, and Mary Higgins Clark, rarely receive the important literary awards. He claims that most people don't read these authors, dismissing them because they are popular. I've tried to read Clancy, and was not able to get very far. The text was simplistic, excessively violent, and not very entertaining, at least to me. I for one am glad that there are awards such as the National Book Awards, that recognize those literary works to which I can turn for an engrossing read.

It was interesting to note that a blog was referenced, Terry Techout's About Last Night. It was the first time I've seen such a casual reference to a blog without the reporter having to explain the term ‘blog’.

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