Bob Dylan to Accept Nobel Prize in Literature on His Own Terms

In a few days Bob Dylan will visit Stockholm and give two concerts. The Swedish Academy is very much looking forward to the weekend and will show up at one of the performances. Please note that no Nobel Lecture will be held. The Academy has reason to believe that a taped version will be sent at a later point. (Taped Nobel lectures are presented now and then, the latest of which was that of Nobel Laureate Alice Munro in 2013.) At this point no further details are known.

The good news is that the Swedish Academy and Bob Dylan have decided to meet this weekend. The Academy will then hand over Dylan’s Nobel diploma and the Nobel medal, and congratulate him on the Nobel Prize in Literature. The setting will be small and intimate, and no media will be present; only Bob Dylan and members of the Academy will attend, all according to Dylan’s wishes.

Source: Ur Akademiens liv | Sara Danius bloggar som ständig sekreterare

2 thoughts on “Bob Dylan to Accept Nobel Prize in Literature on His Own Terms

  1. it was to be expected, when the time was right, when things came together so that meeting about the prize fit with busy schedule. He said as much, though it was the kind of comment mass media is deaf to. dylan has things in perspective in a way where he listens to his own feelings, regardless of the pressure and judgements of others, always has. nothing new here, except for all the things change brings, outer things.

    it was bizarre, the reaction some people had when he was on tour and doing the coachella concerts when the award was announced and some people, including especially in some of the media, freaked out, “WHY NO STATEMENT!!!! WE HAVE TO HAVE A STATEMENT. WHAT AN ARROGANT PRICK TO NOT MAKE A STATEMENT,” someone might as well have printed a headline that said JUDAS.

    it’s a kind of maturity and wisdom, to not make sudden decisions under social pressure, and to listen and sometimes wait to find out what feels right and why. Dylan, focused on his work, his current performances that people came from far and wide to see, i’m talking about the Desert Trip, all the performers gave their best, that takes focus, of a kind maybe some people in other lines of work don’t understand. Before that gig, he had a couple of performances in different states. Then after coachella, he went on a cross country tour for a couple more months and was in a different town almost every night, getting up on stage, with as much energy as possible.

    dylan’s priorities were what they were. Made sense to me. Him getting a Nobel, i which i imagine he thought was a very cool thing, sure did turn out to be an occasion for the self righteous arrogant pseudo-psychoanalysts and self appointed moral authorities on why other people do what they do, with extreme negative character judgements, because it’s not what they think is correct—this was one of the most entertaining and thought provoking things about the phenomenon for me. I mean, the intensity of it.

    reminds me of

    i try my best to be just like i am
    but everybody wants me to be just like them
    they say sing while you slave
    and i just get bored….

    and

    though i mean no harm nor put fault
    on anyone that lives in a vault
    it’s all right,
    if i can’t please him

    etc

  2. it was to be expected, when the time was right, when things came together so that meeting about the prize fit with busy schedule. He said as much, though it was the kind of comment mass media is deaf to. dylan has things in perspective in a way where he listens to his own feelings, regardless of the pressure and judgements of others, always has. nothing new here, except for all the things change brings, outer things.

    it was bizarre, the reaction some people had when he was on tour and doing the coachella concerts when the award was announced and some people, including especially in some of the media, freaked out, “WHY NO STATEMENT!!!! WE HAVE TO HAVE A STATEMENT. WHAT AN ARROGANT PRICK TO NOT MAKE A STATEMENT,” someone might as well have printed a headline that said JUDAS.

    it’s a kind of maturity and wisdom, to not make sudden decisions under social pressure, and to listen and sometimes wait to find out what feels right and why. Dylan, focused on his work, his current performances that people came from far and wide to see, i’m talking about the Desert Trip, all the performers gave their best, that takes focus, of a kind maybe some people in other lines of work don’t understand. Before that gig, he had a couple of performances in different states. Then after coachella, he went on a cross country tour for a couple more months and was in a different town almost every night, getting up on stage, with as much energy as possible.

    dylan’s priorities were what they were. Made sense to me. Him getting a Nobel, i which i imagine he thought was a very cool thing, sure did turn out to be an occasion for the self righteous arrogant pseudo-psychoanalysts and self appointed moral authorities on why other people do what they do, with extreme negative character judgements, because it’s not what they think is correct—this was one of the most entertaining and thought provoking things about the phenomenon for me. I mean, the intensity of it.

    reminds me of

    i try my best to be just like i am
    but everybody wants me to be just like them
    they say sing while you slave
    and i just get bored….

    and

    though i mean no harm nor put fault
    on anyone that lives in a vault
    it’s all right,
    if i can’t please him

    etc

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