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October 11, 2007

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The Good Terrorist

Doris Lessing has much to teach all of us.

Did you read Krugman's blog today? Apparently he named his dog after her!!

wow Sara,

who knew that you were associated with such a distinguished group of scholars ???

well, you know, besides us and all ???

classmates with a Nobel Prize winner ???

now a devoted reader and follower of a Nobel prize winner

you're really an important asset to our community

and with all the awards your compatriots have received, our ad revenues should be going up soon, right ???

Doh !!!

(wink)

we loved you even before we knew you were associated with such distinguished persons

I'm beginning to think I could get a Nobel Prize now, just because I'm associated with you in some small way

(probably not the Peace prize though ...)

Oh, and one small point. I'm just a "Dirty Fucking Hippy". There's nothing rotten about me. I'm not even ripe yet, much less rotten

Great post, Sara, but one little quibble. The reason the Swedes and Norwegians cooperate on the Nobel Prizes is because that's the way Alfred Nobel's will set it up. After giving various bequests to relatives and others, his will says this:

"The whole of my remaining realizable estate shall be dealt with in the following way: the capital, invested in safe securities by my executors, shall constitute a fund, the interest on which shall be annually distributed in the form of prizes to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind. The said interest shall be divided into five equal parts, which shall be apportioned as follows: one part to the person who shall have made the most important discovery or invention within the field of physics; one part to the person who shall have made the most important chemical discovery or improvement; one part to the person who shall have made the most important discovery within the domain of physiology or medicine; one part to the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction; and one part to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses. The prizes for physics and chemistry shall be awarded by the Swedish Academy of Sciences; that for physiological or medical work by the Caroline Institute in Stockholm; that for literature by the Academy in Stockholm, and that for champions of peace by a committee of five persons to be elected by the Norwegian Storting. It is my express wish that in awarding the prizes no consideration whatever shall be given to the nationality of the candidates, but that the most worthy shall receive the prize, whether he be a Scandinavian or not."

Full text at http://nobelprize.org/alfred_nobel/will/will-full.html

Seems like everyone's forgotten "Briefing for a Descent into Hell", which is my personal favorite Doris Lessing novel.

just peeked at Minneapolis Jewish Community Relations Council's website (http://www.minndakjcrc.org/)

Their main item was a photo and story about a June fundraiser featuring George Tenet, yup, THAT George Tenet.

They're also promoting something called "Tolerance Minnesota, Confronting prejudice and respecting diversity in the classroom and in the community." (Irony bites)

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