I'm not proposing to eliminate the prize because one official branded Americans lumbering ignoramuses. I'm doing it because, since Alfred Nobel, the chemist who invented dynamite, founded his famous prize, the Nobel has shown a breathtaking proclivity for exalting minor literary talent.
Arana dubs last year's winner, J.M.G. Le Clézio, "erratic and treacly." She thinks the choices reveal "a lack of critical judgment and a surfeit of political zeal." In this feisty Arana concludes only 15 of the 115 laureates deserved the Prize.