Like many people, I was surprised the Nobel Prize For Literature went to Bob Dylan — not because his lyrics don’t qualify as literature (they do, as much as any other poetry that’s not set to music), but because I didn’t know the Nobel committee gave out lifetime achievement awards. The legend of Dylan lives in the music he made in the sixties and seventies, not so much since then.

Then again, these are the people who gave Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize just for getting elected.