Listen in to Here & Now as Rumpus columnist Steve Almond discusses the 2012 Pulitzer Prize fiction indecision–and why it may be a good thing. Almond argues that we are overly invested in literary awards and suggests that the Pulitzer process should focus on the deliberations rather than the voting.

“The most fascinating thing you could do with all these contests is to have a transcript of these conversations, because that way they’d be talking about the books, instead of saying, ‘Book A wins for whatever mysterious reason.’”

Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →