That Asshole!

Historical quote of the day:

Can you believe that asshole got it and not me?

This was Georges Simenon, reacting to the awarding of the 1957 Nobel Prize for Literature to Albert Camus, as quoted by Paul Theroux in his recent piece on Simenon. If I was alive that year, and was as big a fan of Simenon as I am now, I would react with the same outrage. And listen, I like Camus’ work—but Simenon is in a class of his own.

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