Here at the Rustbelt our estimation of Pinter only grows with every new reading, every new seeing, every new listening. Perhaps the finest dramatist of his age and one of its best writers, Pinter, through his art, has entered history as witness of our times. Now he is timeless.
His Nobel lecture below is as powerful a speech as I’ve heard. Alex Cockburn rightly said that this speech was “the most savage denunciation of Empire heard since the words Tacitus put in the mouth of Calgacus.” Make the time to watch it if you can. It deserves to be heard again. His truth is a powerful truth. His art searching, searing, uncompromising and often terribly funny. As an artist, as an activist: Harold Pinter, Presente!