I was half, or more like a quarter, awake this morning when my wife told me that Barack Obama had won the Nobel Peace Prize – or, as Avedon caustically puts it, “I was gonna refer to it as the Henry Kissinger Peace Prize, but I guess that would be in poor taste, eh?”

I was having really weird dreams all night anyway, so I didn’t believe it was real until I checked the news. I wasn’t the only person surprised: