The Man Booker Prize winner this year is Anna Burns from Northern Ireland for Milkman. It is her third novel. The prize was for authors in the Commonwealth countries of the United Kingdom until recent years when it included Americans. There was also a separate Orange Prize which has been since sponsored by others for only women authors. However, in the past two decades, women have been well represented and even dominated the Booker short list in 2018.
Hilary Mantel won the Man Booker twice. Other women winners include Margaret Atwood. A.S. Byatt. My favorite Luminaries Eleanor Catton. Anne Enright. And this year Anna Burns.
So why a separate prize for women? Good writing is. Good writing.
Anderson Cooper. Chris Cuomo. Don Lemon? Ali Belshi. Many more of the ususal suspects in rain gear. Standing in front of the ocean or a palm tree. Very very wet. All day. All night. Why?
And. If you were a jerk in high school, your life could be over. Career kaput. Prospects nil. Linked-In unhinged. One person can tell Ronan Farrow and that’s all folks!
Have we reached the tipping point? Predictable backlash moment. Vester v. Brokaw. Even if all of what the former anchor alleges against veteran journalist Tom Brokaw were true a couple of decades ago. What justice does her so-called accusation achieve today? He is not Cosby nor Weinstein. Nor even Lauer. Every unwanted advance that could have been tactfully dealt with at the time is not a crime worthy of the death penalty. To career. Reputation. Family.
Hillary says women who voted for Trump were under their husband’s or male partner’s thumb. Value all women! Nope. Feminism for some. Sandra Bernhard agrees. Republican or even Independent women don’t have minds of their own. So woke. On the flip side, Pulse night club shooter’s wife was acquitted because she was seen to be cluelessly under her husband’s influence. Geraldo Rivera says he didn’t vote for his Celebrity Apprentice friend The Donald because his wife swayed him. But. Hey. Not everyone caves.
Never apologies to the Stones.
Our divided country’s fissures don’t seem to be narrowing. A staged CNN anti-gun town hall exploited grieving kids and relatives of murdered students. The White House held its own listening meeting as the President pushed arming military-trained teachers. Today NRA Chair Wayne LaPierre used his insane rant at CPAC as a call to war against rising socialism.
Then there’s the never-ending gender divide. New York Times opinion column The Boys Are Not All Right by Michael Ian Black discusses guns and boys. It so resonated with my sentiments on the subject, I commented and it was a NYTimes Pick. Making young men feel that they are toxic surely will not provide a healthier outlook. Broken record alert.
Even the poor Central Park forsythia is conflicted. Is it February? Hope springs…
If I read another article that blames school shootings on “toxic masculinity”… scream. Yes. Young men are usually the shooters or bombers or vehicle drivers who kill lots of people. Maybe we should wonder why besides blaming it on a whole gender. Current societal and cultural energy is focused on empowering women. That’s fine. Let both women and men feel valued. Why is it a zero sum game? If fathers are nurturing and loving, isn’t that great? I saw moms at the Women’s March make their sons wear t-shirts that said “female is the future”. Hmmm. Wonder how it made those boys feel not to be female.
What’s the answer? Value all people. Let the students of Florida lead the way. Yay.
Stick a fork in it. Valentine’s Day. Cancel the chocolates and roses. Creepy onesies and life-sized teddy bears. No cuddling allowed. Without a lawsuit. #MeToo = #KillCupid? Well. Maybe not totally. But if you want to be safe. Instead of steak and champagne at overcrowded overpriced bad prix-fixe dinners. Go get ashes. Wear a hairshirt. Give up co-ed lunches for Lent. And. Hey. Laissez les bontemps roulez!