Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

  1. The singer and songwriter Bob Dylan, one of the world’s most influential musicians, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” in the words of the Swedish Academy.
    He is the first American to win the prize since the novelist Toni Morrison, in 1993. The announcement, in Stockholm, was a surprise: Although Mr. Dylan, 75, has been mentioned often as having an outside shot at the prize, his work does not fit into the literary canons of novels, poetry and short stories that the prize has traditionally recognized.
    “Mr. Dylan’s work remains utterly lacking in conventionality, moral sleight of hand, pop pabulum or sops to his audience,” Bill Wyman, a journalist, wrote in a 2013 Op-Ed essay in The New York Times arguing for Mr. Dylan to get the award. “His lyricism is exquisite; his concerns and subjects are demonstrably timeless; and few poets of any era have seen their work bear more influence.”...
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/14/ar...ture.html?_r=0

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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   Elvish
    A well deserved honor. Thank you for your gifts to humanity, good sir.
  4. by   Spidey's mom
    I came across something this morning that Kurt Vonnegut said about Dylan.

    Kurt Vonnegut Once Said Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan Was 'Worst Poet Alive' | Huffington Post

    Kurt Vonnegut Would Have Hated Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize For Literature

    There are some songs I like by Dylan but I'm not sure I'd give him a prize for poetry.

    But then, what do I know?

    I'm a Dylan fan, but this is an ill conceived nostalgia award wrenched from the rancid prostates of senile, gibbering hippies.
    We'll start from the back and work forward. I hate rap. The Beatles have made a substantial contribution. Bob Dylan, however, is the worst poet alive. He can maybe get one good line in a song, and the rest is gibberish.
    (I hate rap too).

    Peace.
  5. by   Elvish
    That awkward moment when one of your favorites insults another favorite.
    I feel forced to choose and it's uncomfortable. LOL
    Hmmmmm.
  6. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from Elvish
    That awkward moment when one of your favorites insults another favorite.
    I feel forced to choose and it's uncomfortable. LOL
    Hmmmmm.
    I know . . . weird, huh?
  7. by   Ted
    An aside - One of the employees at our local Post Office (aka a "Postmaster"???) has Bob Dylan tunes playing ALL of the time! He's a fan of Bob Dylan and was elated to find out that his favorite singer won a Nobel Prize. It seems that the Bob Dylan music is playing just a little bit louder now in our local post office. LOL!

    I am not as familiar with Bob Dylan as others are. He did write some very well-known and well-liked tunes. He's written tunes that other well-know musicians have made popular. I never did fall in love with his singing style, though. In my mind, he's a writer, not a singer. But he has left a significant mark in the music world.

    (Joni Mitchell remains my favorite song writer.)
    Last edit by Ted on Nov 3, '16
  8. by   CryssyD
    I don't know about the Nobel Prize, but it is hard to imagine anyone calling Dylan the worst poet ever. Hyperbole, anyone? Maybe a smidge of jealousy?

    Anyway, I never cared much for his voice, but, still, no one sings a song quite like the person who wrote it. He may not be the world's best poet, but the man can turn a phrase. One of the best songwriters ever, for sure, IMHO.

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