The news broke yesterday that Kazuo Ishiguro has been awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature. Ishiguro is probably still best known for his novel The Remains of the Day because of its superb film adaptation with Anthony Hopkins and Christopher Reeve, but my wife informs me that An Artist of the Floating World is still her favorite. Our own Katy Carl has also shared some thoughts on Ishiguro’s prize.
Editing is tough work, as we Dappled Things editors know, and it’s interesting to see remembrances of great editors who worked with great writers. Max Perkins worked with authors like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, shepherding their fiction in ways he thought would help them most fruitful. “He treated literature as a matter of life and death. He once wrote Thomas Wolfe: ‘There could be nothing so important as a book can be.’”
Chicago professor Liam Heneghan has coined a new word for the feeling of newness and wonder a traveler experiences. (The word is “allokataplixis,” and no, it is not likely to catch on any time soon.)