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Illiterate African Child Wins Nobel Prize in Literature
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN—The Swedish Academy, responsible for awarding the esteemed Nobel Prize in Literature, shocked the world on Tuesday with its decision to award the 2013 prize to Ngozhani Kirikou, a 14-year-old Nigerian girl who has never learned to read or write. Kirikou, both the youngest person to be honored, as well as the only winner to have absolutely no understanding of written language, admitted she had no idea she was being considered for the award. “I do not know what this is,” she told reporters following the announcement of her win. “Please someone explain.”
Kirikou reportedly first caught the attention of the Academy back in 2010 when she appeared in a 30-second TV spot for UNICEF. “We were immediately drawn to her selfless dedication to the charity,” Academy spokesperson Mara Jorgenson explained. “But what really excited us was her deft, relevant social commentary in sentences like ‘In my village there is little food,’ and ‘Every donation helps.’ In those two sentences alone she accomplished more than American literature has managed in the last 20 years.” The citation mentions her “spoken word delivered in short, thoughtful phrases” and “bold disregard for established literary custom” as deciding factors in granting her the prize.
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Hey guys, just a reminder that there is an ongoing /lit/ Wittgenstein study and discussion group, studying the Philosophical Investigations. It's been seven weeks and we're still going strong.
If you missed any meetings in the past, don't worry, it's still possible to get on board! The next meeting is this Saturday 28th September, at 8pm GMT! All you have to do is show up on irc.rizon.net, at #wittgenstein at this time, having read sections 65 - 77.
Here's a copy of the text:
Please feel free to discuss anything about Wittgenstein you'd like in this thread, or ask any questions about how to use IRC and so on.