Today, the press greeted Golden Notebook author Doris Lessing as she arrived at her home in a taxi. In the clip above, they tell her she was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, and her response is, "Oh Christ. I couldn't care less." She's the saltiest! What's not seen in the clip is that reporters then tried to elicit a more printable quote from Lessing, and when one of them reminded her about the $1.5 million cash prize she said, "I'm already thinking about all the people who are going to send me begging letters — I can see them lining up now."
Awww, she's totally charming and dignified. "Right. I'm sure you'd like some uplifting remarks ..... you tell me what to say and I'll say it." She and her friend are taken by surprise - I'd hate to be photographed wearing what I wore to run out for tomatoes and feta this morning.
Any of her books are brilliant, but The Diaries of Jane Somers blew my mind twenty years ago.