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What follows is an excerpt from The Alex Shephard Radio Program. You can listen to the Alex Shephard Radio Program Monday-Friday from 3AM-6AM on WABC.
ALEX: Folks, I’m not sure if you heard, but the Man Booker Prize–it’s some English thing–the Man Booker Prize is considering changing its rules to allow American books to be considered for the first time. Now, I know what a lot of you are thinking–and I can see Snerdley over there thinking it, too–”Alex, why should we give a hoot about some European book thing?”
Look, I thought the same thing too. I thought, “This is just some prize communist countries award each other so limousine liberals will know what makes them look sophisticated”—this Man Booker Prize, it’s very diverse, you know. But still, who cares? If there isn’t a picture of a building in Washington D.C. or a helicopter on a book, I don’t read it. I don’t go there. It’s just not my thing.
But then I started to dig into this a little more. The Man Booker Prize has been around since 1968–I know Snerdley, I know–so why would they decide to start offering it to Americans in 2013?
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