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Spring of Spite: Thomas Bernhard, My Prizes

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This week we’re diving into the spiteful wormhole that is Thomas Bernhard’s brain. We went there once before, back in Episode 21, when Owen King joined us to talk about Bernhard’s novel Correction. This time it’s nonfiction, specifically some selections from Bernhard’s book My Prizes, which documents his experiences with several literary prizes and also includes some of the speeches he made over the years at prize ceremonies. There’s plenty of spite to go around: for other writers, for prize committees, for his native Austria, and for the idea of prizes in the first place.

Here’s a picture of Bernhard spitefully eating an ice cream cone:

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We’ve also got stories this week about neighbors who took their spite game to the next level, including a woman who filled her own yard with feces to piss off her neighbors and a guy who faked multiple injuries to get his neighbor thrown in jail. Here’s a picture of the latter; if you see this guy in your neighborhood you might want to move:

Dated 10/03/2009 Neighbour from Hell .. Former Hells Angel David Constantine, who has been allowed by a judge to return to his home in Lanchester, County Durham, despite subjecting his next door neighbours Lucy and Stefan Ward to a catalogue of harassment, which culminated in him trying to frame Mr Ward for attempted murder when he stabbed himself in the chest. See story North News

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