John Freeman http://weku.fm en Nobel Literature Winner Tomas Transtromer: The Beauty of Stillness http://weku.fm/post/nobel-literature-winner-tomas-transtromer-beauty-stillness Like a glass-blower by a wintry sea, Tomas Transtromer has been slowly and painstakingly making poems in his native Stockholm since the early 1950s. In his debut work, the modestly titled <em>Seventeen Poems</em>, published when Transtromer was just 23, the Swedish poet imagined Thoreau in the woods, "disappearing deep in his inner greenness/artful and hopeful."<p>A private man in his work and life, Transtromer has been following Thoreau's example for 50 years. Thu, 06 Oct 2011 14:52:00 +0000 John Freeman 13806 at http://weku.fm Nobel Literature Winner Tomas Transtromer: The Beauty of Stillness What's A Judge To Do?: A Dissenter Protests Philip Roth's Latest Award http://weku.fm/post/whats-judge-do-dissenter-protests-philip-roths-latest-award Philip Roth has won so many literary prizes, new ones need to be invented for him. Today, he added one such newish laurel to his chest of awards: the Man Booker International Prize. (Launched in 2005, the International Prize is awarded only every other year — making Roth the fourth winner.)<p>But as is often the case with British-based prizes, the gossip one normally hears at awards dinners in America is already in the newspaper there. Carmen Callil, a judge of the prize and also a notable publisher and historian, withdrew from the panel in protest. Wed, 18 May 2011 21:21:00 +0000 John Freeman 4155 at http://weku.fm