Mourning Doris Lessing
At age 94, the Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing has left us. In response to the Guardian's coverage of her passing, Time's Catherine Mayer reflected, "Lessing was more. RIP Doris, true great." Newsday's Tom Beer confessed, "I remember reading THE GOLDEN NOTEBOOK at age 20 -- my mind quietly exploded." The New York Times' Dan Saltzstein commented, "Wonderful oeuvre and will always have best Nobel reaction."
The Times itself also had that story. Telegraph's Steve Hawkes also pointed out (by way of retweeting @Ian_Fraser) that "Doris Lessing angered many Americans by suggesting 9/11 wasn't that terrible compared with IRA's campaign in the UK." This certainly helped to illustrate why the BBC chose its headline Doris Lessing - an author who never sought to avoid controversy.