Here’s Lev Grossman, along with author Ann Patchett, discussing this year’s lack of a Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction on PBS’s NewsHour. During the interview, he gives his support for the decision by paraphrasing Stan Lee:
The Pulitzer actually is very powerful, but I feel like that power depends on it being used responsibly. If they were to give it to a book that they didn’t feel was a great book, maybe it wouldn’t be as powerful in future years.
"I support the Pulitzer board’s decision not to give out an award for fiction this year…I’m saying this because I care deeply about the state of American fiction, to which I have devoted my whole career."
Lev Grossman, TIME’s Chief Book Critic, on the controversy surrounding the Pulitzer Prize jury’s decision not to award a fiction prize this year.
Steven Pinker’s latest, The Better Angels of Our Nature, has already received widespread acclaim and was named as one of The New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of the Year. In fact, it’s Nicholas Kristof’s pick to win the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction.