From The Guardian:
Decision follows string of sexual assault allegations made against husband of former member of the Swedish Academy
Fri 4 May 2018 03.07 EDT Last modified on Fri 4 May 2018 04.46 EDT
The Swedish Academy announced on Friday morning that there would be no Nobel laureate for literature selected in 2018, as it attempts to come to terms with controversy over its links to a man accused of sexual assault.
For the first time since 1949, the secretive jury that hands out the world’s most prestigious literary award will not unveil a winner this autumn, instead revealing two winners in 2019.
So, you octogenarian white guys Don DeLillo, Philip Roth, Cormac McCarthy, Thomas Pynchon, Tom Wolfe, and Tom Stoppard (parents evidently liked the name “Thomas” in the 1930s), try not to die before October 2019 because Nobels aren’t given out posthumously. On second thought, as straight white guys you were all pretty much out of the running anyway, not with talents like Ta-Nehisi “The Genius” Coates around, so don’t worry about it.
The decision, announced at 9am Swedish time following a meeting on Thursday, comes after a string of sexual assault allegations made against the French photographer Jean-Claude Arnault, the husband of academy member and poet Katarina Frostenson.
… After the allegations against Arnault were made public in November, three members of the 18-strong jury that selects the literature laureate resigned in protest over the decision not to expel Frostenson. Arnault was also accused of leaking the names of seven former Nobel winners. He denies both claims.
Sounds like Kiplingesque nonagenarian travel writer James/Jan Morris has a better chance than DeLillo et al for Morris having taken radical action against his own cishetness more than 40 years before Caitlyn Jenner.
Anyway, this is a another example of prestigious left of center cultural institutions (e.g., Oscar-gobbling Weinstein Pictures, the Charlie Rose Show, Prairie Home Companion, etc. etc.) being the center of #MeToo accusations. For example, today they came for Junot Diaz, the most award-winning Dominican-American writer. You can’t get more center-left respectable than the Swedish Academy in charge of selecting the Nobel Prize in Literature, but here we are.