THE SLIPPERY POLITICS OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE? It's Easy If You Do It Smart THE SLIPPERY POLITICS OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE? It's Easy If You Do It Smart- People want the most prestigious award in literature for making a political statement. It only delivers in unexpected and unmistakable ways. Who will get the Nobel Prize in Literature this year? And beyond literary excellence, what does the award signify? In episode 54 of The Politics of Everything, hosts Laura Marsh and Alex Parin talk with Alex Shepherd, editor of The New Republic and Nobel watchdog, about the enigmatic politics of the world's oldest and most prestigious literary prize.( THE SLIPPERY POLITICS OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE? It's Easy If You Do It Smart) Will the Nobel committee salute freedom of expression by honoring Salman Rushdie, who brutally attacked the stage in August? Would you recognize the French memoirist, Anne Arnoux, who wrote poignantly about illegal abortion? How clear has the politics of the Nobel been over the years, and surely who will not win?