Mo Yan: Politics & Language

An incredible article over at the Kenyon Review discusses how politics can corrupt language. It’s one of the smartest arguments I’ve seen so far on why it was a mistake to award Mo Yan the Nobel Prize. Here, it isn’t just about bad politics, but how those politics have fundamentally changed the writing, made it lesser. It’s about the power of words and the importance of sentences. And that’s an argument I can get behind.