Takes on Bob Dylan’s 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature

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13 Responses

  1. Cece says:

    He declined the invitation to accept the prize in Stockholm. I guess he had a good reason.

  2. jacob ska says:

    VJ, thanks for the link. I think that is funny. Dylan probably fainted imo and it took some time for the reality to ring true.

    I didn’t realize Joan was 75. She is ageless.

    • VJ says:

      It was funny to me because when I see a headline like that, I assume they are paraphrasing what was really said for a sensational headline, but in this case, she really said it. ha ha ha

  3. jacob ska says:

    Bob Dylan has finally spoken out about his Nobel Prize and said he was speechless according to the media today. I can imagine he was speechless. Such a deserving award for a talented human being.

  4. Caligari says:

    The lyricist who really deserves the Nobel prize for literature is Stephen Sondheim. That he has not received it yet is just wrong.

  5. jacob ska says:

    VJ, thanks for excellent research. Regarding Bob Dylan winning the Nobel prize I have to go with “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” If the Committee felt him to be deserving “so be it.”

    As for the criticisms, I have to go with a Chinese proverb you had on Spoiler Talk not too long ago “Talk don’t cook rice.”

  6. VJ says:

    Thanks Rhonda., I’m glad you enjoyed reading the post. To answer your question about Dylan being compared to Homer and Sappho, I think that’s a bit much.

    I’m not a poetry snob, but I would compare Dylan to Paul Simon myself and the winner would be Simon. Here’s a 2011 article (well before all this happened) that agrees

    • rhonda says:

      As much as I love Dylan, I agree with you about the comparison to the Greek poets, VJ. That was a bit over the top for me, too.

    • Cece says:

      I’ve not paid much attention to either singer (Dylan or Simon), but have to agree with you and the article, VJ. Based on a few songs I know from both, I don’t find any of Dylan’s song lyrics as poetic as Simon’s.

      Oh, and IMO, Dylan has nothing on Cohen. But parroting Jacob, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, (OK, whoever said that).

  7. rhonda says:

    Thanks so much for putting so much work into this. You always go out of your way for us and we are so fortunate to have you! A fun and interesting read.