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Sun Dec 11, 2016, 06:08 AM

Bob Dylan Nobel prize speech: this is 'truly beyond words'

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/dec/11/bob-dylan-nobel-prize-i-never-considered-whether-i-was-producing-literature
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Bob Dylan admitted he was stunned and surprised when he was told he had won a Nobel prize because he had never stopped to consider whether his songs were literature.

Dylan, whose speech was read out by the US ambassador to Sweden at the annual awards dinner, said the prize was “something I never could have imagined or seen coming”.

He said from an early age he had read and absorbed the works of past winners and giants of literature such as Kipling, Shaw, Thomas Mann, Pearl Buck, Albert Camus and Hemingway. But said it was “truly beyond words” that he was joining those names on the winners list. “If someone had ever told me that I had the slightest chance of winning the Nobel prize, I would have to think that I’d have about the same odds as standing on the moon,” he wrote.

The announcement that Dylan had won the literature prize caused controversy with critics arguing his lyrics were not literature. On learning he had been awarded the literature prize Dylan said he thought of Shakespeare. “When he was writing Hamlet, I’m sure he was thinking about a lot of different things: ‘Who’re the right actors for these roles? How should this be staged? Do I really want to set this in Denmark?’

“His creative vision and ambitions were no doubt at the forefront of his mind, but there were also more mundane matters to consider and deal with. ‘Is the financing in place? Are there enough good seats for my patrons? Where am I going to get a human skull?’ I would bet that the farthest thing from Shakespeare’s mind was the question: ‘Is this literature?’

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Sun Dec 11, 2016, 06:18 AM

1. Altogether good words.

R&K

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Dec 11, 2016, 07:04 AM

2. I read nowhere

In the article why Dylan wasn't there. Does anyone know?

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Dec 11, 2016, 08:06 AM

3. He really does have all the best words.

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