Bob Dylan has won the Nobel Prize.
The Peace Prize for “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Masters of War”? No. The Chemistry Prize for his duets with Joan Baez? No. The Prize for Music? There is no prize for music. He won the Prize for Literature.
OK, even many of us Dylan fans responded to the news with a “huh?” Are songwriters to be counted in the ranks of novelists, dramatists, and poets? Well, why not? Poetry used to be accompanied by music anyway, which is why we call it “lyric.” And Dylan is nothing if not a poet.
So congratulations to the one true Bob. And I hope that Pete, our resident Dylan scholar here at the Cranach Institute, weighs in. I can’t wait to hear what Dylan will say at his acceptance speech. [Read more…]