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Bret Eaton Ellis says Alice Munro, 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, is overrated.

“Alice Munro is so completely overrated,” tweeted Bret Eaton Ellis, 49. “Alice Munro was always an overrated writer and now that she’s won the Nobel she always will be. The Nobel is a joke and has been for ages.” So far, the only person in agreement with Ellis’s snarky assessment has been the writer Christian Lorentzen, who wrote a highly critical review of Munro’s most recent short-story collection, Dear Life, for the London Review of Books. A sample passage from Lorentzen’s withering review: “Over a career now in its sixth decade, she’s rehearsed the same themes again and again, but that’s because she’s a master of variation. She has preternatural powers of sympathy and empathy, but she’s never sentimental.” On Friday, Lorentzen responded via Twitter to Ellis’s dismissal of Munro with the comment, “Amen,” and claimed that Munro’s Nobel win put him on the right side of a wager. “The only thing I won was a bet,” tweeted Lorentzen. On the flipside, Ellis has publicly stated his belief that the blind early-round auditions of The Voice are “probably the most emotionally stirring and suspenseful episodes on television right now.” To recap: Bret Easton Ellis believes Munro is unworthy of acclaim, but really admires a reality TV singing competition starring Christina Aguilera?

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