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An Alternative to the Nobel Prize in Literature

An Alternative to the Nobel Prize in Literature, Judged by You

By Alex Marshall

The journalist Alexandra Pascalidou has spent months watching a sexual abuse and corruption scandal unfurl at the Swedish Academy, the august body that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature.

At first, she was upset. Then, as a Swede, embarrassed. But when the academy took the extraordinary step of canceling this year’s prize, she became a little angry, too. “I just thought, ‘Why do the authors have to pay the price for this mess?’ ” she said in a telephone interview on Friday.

That led her to another question: “How hard can running a prize be?” Read more at The New York Times.

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