In a move that finally recognizes the literary merit of killer cars, killer dogs, killer clowns, killer maids, killer knick-knack stores, killer cars (again), killer sniffles, killer killers, killer Elvis Presleys, and little-league baseball, Stephen King has just been announced as the winner of the National Medal of Arts.
The award will be presented to the prolific author (and terrible actor) by President Barack Obama in a ceremony that will also recognize Tobias Wolff and Larry McMurtry (author’s note: Larry McMurtry had better get an extra gold star for Lonesome Dove). The National Medal of Arts is the highest honor the United States government can bestow on an artist, and is reserved for people who deserve “special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in the United States.”
This honor, along with his Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation in 2003, is sure to be counted among the highlights of Stephen King’s long and wildly successful career. However, Mr. King’s greatest contribution to the arts is, and will forever remain, his 1986 directorial debut, Maximum Overdrive. Seriously, you should spare a few minutes to watch the trailer.