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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Pinter-Nobel playlet

Much thanks to George Hunka for posting in the comments below this actual transcript (and recording!) of a phone interview with Pinter this morning by someone from the Nobel website.

Here it is in full. (It only lasted one minute. How Pinteresque.)

-- Hello. Good morning.
– Good morning, good morning, Mr Pinter. Congratulations. I’m calling from the official website of the Nobel Foundation.
– Yes. Well, thank you very much.
– It’s fantastic news for us here; and I would like to hear what your thoughts were when you received the news.
– Well, I’ve ... I’ve been absolutely speechless. I am ... I’m overwhelmed by the news, very deeply moved by the news. But I can’t really articulate what I feel.
– You didn’t have any idea it could come your way, did you?
– No idea whatsoever! No. So I’m just bowled over.
– There’s so much to talk about. But I would like just to ask you what, in your career, you think has been the most important, what has the most ...
– I cannot answer ... I can’t answer these questions.
– No, I understand.
– There’s nothing more I can say, except that I am deeply moved; and, as I say, I have no words at the moment. I shall have words by the time I get to Stockholm.
– You will be coming to Stockholm?
– Oh, yes.
– Okay. Thank you, Sir.
– Okay?
– Thank you.
– Thank you very much.
– Thank you.

Gotta love that "Oh, yes." A podium on the world stage? Yeah, he'll have some "words". They may not be about dramaturgy, though.

Tune in tomorrow for the right wing reaction...

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