Doris Lessing wins the the Nobel Prize. Big deal!

It must be nice to win the most prestigious literary award in the world and not really care about it.Lessing

LONDON – Doris Lessing
pulled up in a black cab where a media horde was waiting Thursday in
front of her leafy north London home. Reporters opened the door and
told her she had won the Nobel Prize for literature, to which she
responded: "Oh Christ! … I couldn’t care less."

Lessing later said she thought the cameras were there to film a television program. Vegetables peeked out from blue plastic bags she carried out of the cab.

"This has been going on for 30 years," she said, as reporters helped her with the bags.

"I’ve won all the prizes in Europe,
every bloody one, so I’m delighted to win them all, the whole lot, OK?"
Lessing said, making her way through the crowd. "It’s a royal flush."

"I’m sure you’d like some uplifting remarks," she added with a smile. [Link]

Yes, Doris, here’s what we’d like you to say: "Oh Christ! … I just can’t believe it. Never in my 88 years on this earth did I ever think I’d win the Nobel Prize. There are so many other great writers out there. I’m so excited, I’m going to celebrate by putting some sugar in my tea. Who knows, I may even stay up tonight until 8."

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