Recently around here, a big-selling and slightly egocentric novelist, Björn Ranelid, joined the Swedish Celebrity Come Dancing
and challenged members of the Swedish Academy to join in too. The Secretary of the Academy, Peter Englund - the man who tells the press every October who has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature - replied playfully on his blog that he wasn't going but "as long as Ranelid is dancing he won't find as much time to write novels, and anything that achieves this end would be good".
Ranelid became red with ire and lambasted the secretary in several interviews in newspapers. A few goodies:
"I will spend much time this present year making sure he gets his dues"
"Nobody knows who he is I mean have you ever read a book by him?"
"He's a small man, and by the end of the year I will have seen to that he is only four feet six"
- actually Ranelid is tall and muscular and Englund is a bit shorter of stature, but what methods is he planning to use to cut his adversary's height?