The Swedish Academy announced this morning that this year’s Nobel Prize winner for literature is Patrick Modiano. Don’t worry: I didn’t know who he was, either. In fact, a lot of journalists and book critics didn’t know who he was.
If asked to list my five favorite Modiano novels, I'd have a tough decision: to lie, obfuscate or quickly buy and read one. H/t @aoscott— Brian Koppelman (@briankoppelman) October 9, 2014
Come on. It seems like we just got finished pretending we'd heard of J.M.G. Le Clezio. Too soon, Swedish Academy.— a. o. scott (@aoscott) October 9, 2014
It's going to be awesome when they reveal at the Nobel ceremony that Patrick Modiano is actually a character played by Johnny Knoxville.— Adam Sternbergh (@sternbergh) October 9, 2014
Raise your hand if you're on the Wikipedia page for Patrick Modiano.— Alexander Nazaryan (@alexnazaryan) October 9, 2014
For all us who were clueless, Wikipedia offered this helpful warning:
The change, added by Wikipedia editor Alvindclopez, was only up for about 10 minutes, but that was long enough to stop at least this blogger from being tempted to fake it.