Herta Mueller, a Romanian-born German, has walked away with the Nobel Prize in Literature... and Americans are pissed.
Frankly, I don't care one way or the other. Politics shows up everywhere--beyond the Eurocentric focus of the prizes, Mueller is also only the 12th woman ever to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Obviously the awards are not based on merit alone. Obviously.
I don't understand why people are so surprised that Americans--or Asians, or females--have less of a chance to win a prize given by European men. Are all those people who are so outraged really that naive--or am I just that cynical?