Pamela Moberg

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  1. I must say that I have high hopes
  2. Anybody watching Prix de Lausanne? Seems that half of Brazil, not to mention Far East are there. Always interesting to see what youngsters from various places can accomplish - one might catch sight of a star of tomorrow.
  3. Not long to go now - it seems certain that he will not attend at any rate. Must admit that I am rather sick of the whole affair, first I think that the Academy made a totally ridiculous choice, there are so many other very worthy candidates around, and secondly I think that Dylan is ill mannered and rude. Nevertheless, I have invited a good friend, we are going to have a good dinner and some good wine and I will report.
  4. It is really too sad for words, cannot write anything coherent. I havent been able to take out all his records to play, that will have to wait until I get some perspective on the fact that a singer- songwriter I admired to much is no longer with us. Now it is definitely too late for the Nobel Prize... (There is still much talk in the press here about that Dylan thing - not sure yet it seems if he will attend or not. We will see what happens, I will report).
  5. Indeed Olga, indeed, I will be back to you shortly, but first to Quiggin. Yes, the delay might have something to do with this most unusual choice; the Swedish Academy is normally a very secretive body and as yet, nothing has leaked to the press - but who knows, there might have been loud voices and attempts at fisticuffs under the chandeliers... Olga, yes, the times they are a changing. Maybe the Academy is only trying to reinvent itself - there has been critical voices to the effect that it is extraordinarily stuffy and only good at digging up some unheard of poet in some obscure Eastern country - a poet who is forgotten again as soon as the festivities are over. By the same token, the prize should not be awarded to a writer who is very prolific and selling books by the truckload. (There goes Joyce Carol Oates). Which Dylan is, if not books but records. I heard one snide comment, Dylan is already a millionaire, he doesnt need that hefty sum of prize money... Well, arguments for and against, and as Dirac pointed out, there are already plenty of prizes for singer-songwriters. There is another important Swedish prize, the Polar Prize, awarded to one classical musician and to one popular music artist - that might have been a better idea. Finally, this is just my own personal opinion - if the Swedish Academy has branched out into this particular field, I have a suggestion: Leonard Cohen.
  6. This was the most unexpected ever - must admit that I am in a state of shock and totally unable to make further comments. Over to you, ladies and gentlemen...
  7. Bob Dylan !!!! Will be back shortly...
  8. Yes, Kathleen, you are so right! I am sorry I expressed myself in a clumsy way, I just flew from the live television broadcast in Oslo to the keyboard to report. I take it as a kind of sport to report at once I hear something - not more than 30 seconds delay! There is an opinion here that the prize should have been given collectively to the people of some Greek islands who really went out of their way to help refugees from traffickers who had just dumped them, wet, freezing and starving and with small babies in their arms on the shores of these islands. Well, I think Santos deserved it anyway, the civil war has been going on for 50 years, hundreds of thousands have died in the process and if there will be calm now, all to the good.
  9. The Nobel Peace Prize has just been awarded. The recipient is the president of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos, he is given the prize for his struggle againt the Farc guerilla. It already seems that this is enormously controversial and it will be most interesting to follow the the very heated debate which will no doubt ensue. (I have explained this before but just to refresh the memory: The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded by Norway because in those days Sweden and Norway were one country, the partition took place in 1905).
  10. Indeed, indeed... This is the week of announcements, one every day - it has always been like that. This is unprecedented - there was one year when there was a bit of a fracas over Salman Rushdie and a couple of members resigned. In due course we will no doubt learn the reason - as far as I know there are no scandals. The Academy is from 1700 something and it is a most serious institution, so there might be something really earth shaking going on behind the scenes. But trust me, I will keep you posted!
  11. There is an announcement on Nobel org. that the literature prize will be announced later. What?! This is the week when all the awards - physics, medicine etc are announced. Could there be some deep disagreement in the Swedish Academy? Well, sorry to disappoint you, but not to worry, I will let you know as soon as I have some news
  12. That time has come around again. The Nobel Prize in literature - impossible to guess. The Syrian poet Adonis is a favorite, so is Haruki Murakami. Adonis has been in the running for a number of years, but so has Murakami, though not for that many years. Those are the two top names here in Sweden. What about other parts of the world? Any suggestions? The announcement will be made on Thursday at 1 p.m. (Swedish time) so you will all know after about five minutes.
  13. Not exactly a humble abode I would say. And to think of that she spent her old age almost penniless in London. Very sad indeed... But not unusual, she was not the only great ballerina who had a miserable old age in poverty and sickness.
  14. Oh no, somehow one thought that she was one of those who would go on forever and ever. Many many years ago I was actually in class with her - if I close my eyes I can see her right there - so sparkling, so full of joy and that in a class! She was a true inspiration to all of us. RIP Madame Verdy.
  15. Ellen Rasch, born in Geneva 1920 to a Swedish military man and a girl from Odessa, started her ballet career in Stockholm. She was known as a very fine Giselle. In the early fifties a very ambitious dance film - in full Technicolor, and if memory serves it was the first color movie ever made in Sweden. It was titled "The Fire Bird" and about a ballerina, played by Ellen Rasch and her partner was Maurice Bejart. As a kid I remember I enjoyed "The Fire Bird" more than "The Red Shoes", but those two movies were rather similar. It might be found on Google as the dialogue was in English. After her retirement Mme Rasch opened a ballet school. Only a couple of years ago I saw a TV interview with her and she looked remarkably youthful although she must have been at least 85 at the time.