Utilitarian award is utilitarian
April 23rd 2012
As someone on Facebook just commented, shouldn’t an award as cool as this be, you know, cooler…?
It is, as we say in these parts, Ronseal, after the wood preservative that “does what it says on the tin”. But in a slyly knowing meta-way, a prosaic Philip K Dick award which symbolically represents something greater than itself while still maintaining its understated certificate-in-a-frame reality is actually mocking the more flamboyant but less confident awards that are determined to be self-consciously physical representations of triumph.
Pretty cool after all, eh?