The Buffalo News has a profile of Joyce Carol Oates that provides a couple of interesting tidbits, e.g. her reaction to the Nobel buzz, a few weeks ago:
Oates’ name has been buzzed about in connection with the Nobel for several years now, but she wasn’t expecting any break-of-dawn phone calls from Sweden.
“I did not think at all that I was going to win. I don’t think an American will win that award while we’re in Iraq,” said Oates. “It’s a political prize. It goes to countries, not people. And I don’t have that kind of profile – I’m not a political person.”
Read the rest here.