>First, don’t expect this year’s winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature to be an American. It’s been widely reported that the top member of the prize jury believes America is too “insular and ignorant” to compete with Europeans and the rest of the world. I would have agreed with the comment if he’d been talking about Republican Vice Presidential candidates, or even the average American. But it’s kind of a silly thing to say about our great writers.
The various Nobel prizes will be announced this month.
>Ran into your site through a google search that landed me at your post about Julian Barnes’s New Yorker piece.
Just earlier this week, I emailed a friend wondering if updike or philip roth might win the Nobel this year. One of these years, we will be pleasantly surprised when they do.