|Sara Ganim prepares to receive a Pulitzer hug.|
|Quiara Algeria Hudes|
There are reasons for all of this, but the myriad explanations can be boiled down to this: the world of information is changing and this is an exclamation point.
I asked my friend Betsy Gehman in Lynchburg--who's seen a lot of these changes in her 90 years (next month) and she had this to say:
I think it's confusing to those Pulitzer judges who really can't make a decision about what actually makes a book "good" when so many books are self-published these days.
I picture the doddering old white-hairs of the Pulitzer "industry" as confused and bewildered without the kiss of approval on a book that used to be conferred only by those long-established upper-crust publishers who threw lots of money into ad campaigns for their own very limited product. Pretty much like our political campaigns: the more money thrown at the advertising of their books, the more likely their candidates might be nominated.
They're all part of The Establishment.
You remember that once upon a time Hollywood was controlled by five or six all-powerful studios. Independent films were treated like trash. Today, there are no more studios. And coming soon: no more book publishing monoliths.
The Distant Early Warning has been sounded! Say farewell to Johannes Gutenberg. He had good long run!
Here's a look at who won and who made news (The NYTimes, of course, led with its two prizes, but jumped straight to the real importance of the story without taking a deep breath).