Heartened by the stones of the Pulitzer committee in not awarding a prize for fiction. If there were no worthy entrants, and the three works nominated seemed dubious to me, then it's sort of refreshing in the way it's always refreshing to see standards upheld. In our intensely consumeristic society awards tend towards becoming mere marketing tools. Major league baseball, for example, used to actually have years when no one was inducted in the Hall of Fame. Now that's pretty much unthinkable. No way they pass up the money and free advertising. The standard is bent to the talent available, rather than the talent bent to the standard. That, in a nutshell, is the story the last forty years across the board.
Some are labasting the committee for failing to "do their job" but I say they did their job. To be deadlocked is a judgment in itself and ought be respected. I'd prefer they stand their ground and have a hung jury rather than someone capitulate just for the sake of promoting a book.