The readers have again drawn a blank in our guess-the-Nobel contest, as Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa (b. 1936), whom nobody named, just nabbed the Literature prize. Curiously, a friend in Boston just recommended him to me as the best modern writer from Latin America. I confess that I haven’t read him.
I was kind of hoping that Salman Rushdie would take it, for he surely deserves it—and it would really tick off his religious opponents. My American wild-card favorite was Cormac McCarthy, but I don’t think he’ll see the Prize in his lifetime. (He also deserves it.)