George R. R. Martin has been named USA Today author of the year.
In 2011, everybody wanted to journey to the fantastical land of Westeros — a place teeming with dragons, monster-sized wolves, incestuous aristocrats, teen virgins and impossibly tall walls of ice.
Helluva year, Mike. Do better in 2012.
When that newspaper was first launched, I called it “Fishwrap Today” because its usefulness as a newspaper was limited, especially when compared with any good big- or even medium-city newspaper. Now my name for it is a joke fewer and fewer people would understand every year, and the paper has gained respectability simply through staying power, and even was referenced on Babylon 5 as a (literally) throw-away gag.
None of this changes the fact that Mr. Martin deserves a national honor for what he’s done, and if this is the form it comes in, that’s no denigration. He has every reason to be proud and deserves the acclaim he’s received for his work.