Just further evidence of an all too well-established way of thinking among Europe's elites.
"Yesterday, the literary world on this side of the Atlantic reacted with bemusement and anger to an extraordinary tirade against American writing by Horace Engdahl, the permanent secretary of the Nobel prize jury.
"There is powerful literature in all big cultures, but you can't get away from the fact that Europe still is the centre of the literary world ... not the United States," he told the Associated Press. "The US is too isolated, too insular. They don't translate enough and don't really participate in the big dialogue of literature ...That ignorance is restraining."
The black-and-white views guaranteed Engdahl a wide audience for his confident dismissal of an industry that published more than 50,000 works of fiction last year. Unsurprisingly, his remarks elicited a variety of strong responses from members of America's writing community. Few of them could be described as abject or crushed."
Of course no one in Europe is isolated or insular - right?
It is difficult to believe that "educated" individuals such as Mr. Engdahl know so little of the diversity and sheer size of American society and culture. These champions of European culture demand nuance, complexity and shades of grey in everything they encounter - yet apparently have no qualm with spouting the most black-and-white stereotypes against the United States - a nation they clearly know very little about. In fact, it is this sort of intellectual laziness and prejudice that continues the sharp devaluation of the once prestigious Nobel prize for literature.