Hilarious story, guys: Nobel Prize-winning author V.S. Naipaul started some shit that decimates the Lars Von Trier Cannes-gate joke saga of yore and sealed his fate as a Nobel Prize-winning douche amongst writers. In an interview with the London Evening Standard, Naipaul oh-so-helpfully pontificated on all the problems with women writers, and detailed the reasons they will forever be inferior to prose pounders with a Y chromosome.
The 78-year old threw down detrimental (to him) insights that included (but were not limited to) the following gems:
""I read a piece of writing and within a paragraph or two I know whether it is by a woman or not. I think [it is] unequal to me." Asked to elaborate, he said this was due to their "sentimentality, the narrow view of the world"." [source]
Oh really? Please tell me more...
""And inevitably for a woman, she is not a complete master of a house, so that comes over in her writing too." [source]
Master of a house? Hmmm...what century is this?
""My publisher, who was so good as a taster and editor, when she became a writer, lo and behold it was all this feminine tosh. I don't mean this in any unkind way." [source]
Pause for effect. Squint. Slow nod. Bastard.
These, ladies and gentlemen, are the opinions of a man once described as "the greatest living writer of English prose." I have absolutely no idea who knighted him with this title, but recommend they revoke it immediately. Obviously, Naipaul is woefully illiterate. Otherwise, he'd never make these claims. It's such a shame that at 78-years old someone with a Nobel Prize in the field seems to, perhaps, have never read a book. I've heard he's a horrible narcissist, but you'd think a narcissist might profess to have some knowledge of what he's talking about. Or, you know, maybe the senility is setting in? Hey V.S.: I know at least a dozen female fiction writers IRL who would be willing to throw down right now. Myself included. By the end of the contest, we'll see who's feeling like a sentimental, narrow buffoon.
Kathy Acker is rolling in her grave.