The 15 Minute Pulitzer
I’ve started the countdown. 15 minutes. I’m at 14:41 already. Hooray.
And as of last Saturday, another countdown began. A countdown of 15 days. 15 days before the announcement of the 2014 Pulitzer winners and nominees. (Many submit, a few become nominated, less than a few win.) 15 days before, 15 minutes to speak, errmm, write this blog, and 25 books. That’s correct, I have now read 25 titles of the famed Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winners as part of my journey to read them all. Yippee. Let me tell you, it’s been quite a ride so far.
The other night I stopped by the mall to search for a very special sartorial reward for the completion of my 25th read. I found it near the entrance to the children’s section of H&M. A rather striking (by striking I think I mean loud), tri-colored cardigan. It is about to experience its first laundering and then as I pick up the 26th Pulitzer and open to that first page (will the first line be, ‘It was a dark and stormy night’?), I shall do so clad in the colorful warmth of my knew “sittin’ around sweater.” 7:44 left.
I’m excited about the announcement on Monday the 14th. What a special time after the completion of a labor of love, to see your work bear the fruits of national acknowledgement as part of a prestigious tradition ranging across most of the 20th century and well into the 21st. Alas, I do not think my self-awarded cardigan nor the, uh, ‘celebratory’ tone of this post really come close to the exultation that will be expressed by the parties concerned directly in the Pulitzer proceedings this April, but I like to think I’m doing the most with what’s been placed before me. Under 4 minutes.
Hmm. I look forward to reading the rest of the Pulitzers, it is indeed, for me, a labor of love and an interesting lesson in the art of the American novel, however, here at the quarter mark of my journey I can’t help but moodily consider, “Whatever shall I read once I’ve finished the list?” Oh, that’s right. I have yet to start A Song of Ice and Fire, and who knows when that’ll wrap up. Will Martin break 15 books in the series? Robert Jordan wrote 14 books in his Wheel of Time saga, 3 from beyond the grave. “Not even the wisest can tell.” (And done with a minute to spare. Yeeaaahhhh.)