Can you imagine Joyce Carol Oates winning the Nobel Prize tomorrow? Then the main topic would be how irrelevant the award is. I can already see the cover of The New Republic: Oates profile on a gold Nobel medallion. "The Unbearable Lightness of the Nobel Prize" by James Wood. "Oates: Why She Sucks" by Dale Peck. "Repeal the Nobel" -- The Editors. "Leon Wieseltier on Stockholm Politics."