Nobel Prize for Literature

Why Tolkien Got Snubbed for the Nobel Prize

For most fantasy fans (including us!), it doesn’t get much better than the Tolkien canon. But the members of the jury for the 1961 Nobel Prize in literature? Apparently not so into Middle Earth. As ArtsBeat reports, according to some recently disclosed papers, when CS Lewis attempted to nominate his close… Read More

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The Strange Case of the Faux Nobel Literature Prize Website

This morning, most of the Western world woke up to the news that the Swedish Academy had awarded their countryman Tomas Tranströmer (again, not Bob Dylan) the Nobel Prize for Literature. Minutes earlier, however, Serbian newspaper readers were informed that their very own Dobrica Cosic had won the prize. As Jacket Copy reports, the culprit turns out to be a fake website ( that was just purchased yesterday and mimicked the design of the real Nobel Prize homepage. The pranksters behind the site also emailed the announcement of his victory to news outlets. Now that has been outed as a hoax, the group that created it — which bills itself as a “non-profit, self-organized group of web activists” — has posted a different message, in both Croatian and (somewhat broken) English. Read what they have to say for themselves after the jump. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. One-time recluse Jeff Mangum stopped by Wall Street last night to play a surprise, eight-song acoustic set for the protestors camped out there. Watch a video of his performance here.

2. According to bookies in the UK, Bob Dylan is now the frontrunner to receive this year’s Nobel prize for literature, with… Read More

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The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. The Social Network, which opens nationwide today, currently has a 97% fresh rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
2. David Bowie has a book in the works! Bowie: Object is described as “a collection of pieces from the Bowie archive, wherein, for the first time, fans and all those interested in… Read More

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