Nobel Laureate says no woman could ever be his literary equal

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Never heard of him. So there, Naipul! He sounds like a nutter anyway.
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He has a rep as being a douche and I never really saw the appeal of his books so, shrug. Next!
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I guess they've started giving the Nobel Laureate to idiots...their bad.
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My eyebrows are more raised by the question than the answer. We have a long way to go as a society.
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I've tried to read his books more than once and failed, and I say this as someone who routinely reads anything: company bios on boxes of crackers ("The Pepperidge Farm Story"); descriptions of toilet paper ("with aloe vera, for extra comfort on the tender places of those you love"); and dull-witted internet instructions ("first, insert your hand into the foot of the sock which you intend to make your puppet").

Now I use his work as part of a makeshift pedestal for a favorite lamp: snail-shaped, with one broken horn, and a striped shade. It works out.

(There. I've written something so-called inferior. Oh, the shame! The horror!)

He's an ass.
Never heard of him. Though from his comments, he's a total douche. Whatever interest I had from ever reading his work is now gone.
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That Naipaul made those comments should come as no surprise. The spat with Theroux came after he depicted Naipaul in unflattering terms. Take this 2008 piece Theroux wrote for The Sunday Times. In it, he revisits his memoir in light of an authorized biography that confirmed Naipaul was violent, unstable, a racist and a misogynist. Theroux laments that he had been forced to be kind in his book:
I wanted to write about his cruelty to his wife, his crazed domination of his mistress that lasted almost 25 years, his screaming fits, his depressions, his absurd contention that he was the greatest writer in the English language (he first made this claim in Mombasa at the age of 34). "I am a new man," he assured me once, "as Montaigne was a new man." But did Montaigne frequent prostitutes, insult waiters and beat his mistress?
Slash, change; slash, change. Even so, when my book appeared the reviewers howled at me for my audacity. "An unfair portrait", "a betrayal" and the usual jibes – all of them portraying me as an envious upstart. Just a few weeks ago, in a sycophantic piece about Naipaul by a rival newspaper, my book was described as an example of "literary pique" because I had suggested that Naipaul was a monstrous egotist.
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A good number of Caribbean authors can't stand the *******. I remember he was at a literary festival I attended and everyone else was trying to professional. Ha ha.
I ain't thirsty. There's plenty of fish in the sea, but I don't want all of them, can I have some standards? Or do we just have to settle, for someone's who meh and will do.
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What, a male Author (with a capital A) turns out to be a sexist douche? Stop the presses.
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and no woman is his idiotary equal
People get so much more outraged when a woman claims to be better than men. In reality both statements are equally wrong, but it looks like most people consider one to be wronger than the other.
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What, a male Author (with a capital A) turns out to be a sexist douche? Stop the presses.
Originally Posted by geeky
Who doesn't love that expression?

"Stop the presses!"

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