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The Laughing Laureate

Nobel literature honoree Dario Fo, above chatting with Swedish Princess Christina, had been raising eyebrows for days with his energetic antics, but at Wednesday’s prize banquet in Stockholm, the playwright decided to behave. Seen as the modern equivalent of the medieval jester, Fo’s prize lecture earlier this week was a torrent of sound effects and comic postures. At the gala, however, he may have understood that being rowdy would be in bad taste. After all, this is the country where the king drove a 1967 Pontiac until it failed its annual safety inspection.



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Barbara Bush was ‘first lady of the greatest generation’

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