Well, as you'll all have noticed, over the Christmas break Harold Pinter finally, sadly, kicked the bucket. You can google countless obits of the Big Man yourself, but I enjoyed this piece by John Peter from yesterday's Sunday Times:
Harold could be difficult, oh yes. Like so many of his characters, he deployed attack as a means of self-defence and investigation. No other dramatist has understood, let alone dramatised with such frank and shocking understanding, the needs and perils of human relations. Much has been written about his plays as examples of territorial invasion and menacing invaders; but the fact is that in most of the plays the invader is invited in by the occupant in an act of defensive hospitality (more...)
Further update: I note that the Literary Saloon yesterday linked to an idiotic article in the Sunday Times entitled Pinter and the odd literary law of geniuses with crazy politics. Worth saying, I think, that one of the most admirable things about Pinter was his "crazy politics" -- hating war and the nation states that cause them, madness!