STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) - Bad news for American writers hoping for a Nobel Prize next week: the top member of the award jury believes the United States is too insular and ignorant to compete with Europe when it comes to great writing.... "The U.S. is too isolated, too insular. They don't translate enough and don't really participate in the big dialogue of literature," Engdahl said. "That ignorance is restraining." Another gem: "Very many authors who have their roots in other countries work in Europe, because it is only here where you can be left alone and write, without being beaten to death," he said. "It is dangerous to be an author in big parts of Asia and Africa...." (note: Dutch film-maker Theo van Gogh was unavailable for comment) Full story at: Nobel literature head: US too insular to compete Of course competitions such as the Nobel prize, are, by nature, subjective. Its comforting to know that the judges are taking as much of an objective and non-prejudiced stance prior to the selection process.