Thank you but no thank you

A great post over at the website "Letters of Note", which is a fantastic website for those who don't know it.  This letter was from Nick Cave to MTV, respectfully asking them to take his name of the ballot for Best Male Artist.  He says:

"I feel that it's necessary for me to request that my nomination for best male artist be withdrawn and furthermore any awards or nominations for such awards that may arise in later years be presented to those who feel more comfortable with the competitive nature of these award ceremonies. I myself, do not. I have always been of the opinion that my music is unique and individual and exists beyond the realms inhabited by those who would reduce things to mere measuring. I am in competition with no-one."

I love this.  Let's see what it looks like when we change a couple of the words.

I feel that it's necessary for me to request that my nomination for the student achievement award be withdrawn and furthermore any awards or nominations for such awards that may arise in later years be presented to those who feel more comfortable with the competitive nature of these award ceremonies. I myself, do not. I have always been of the opinion that my learning is unique and individual and exists beyond the realms inhabited by those who would reduce things to mere measuring. I am in competition with no-one.

 

 

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