Thursday, October 13, 2016

Varying reactions to Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize.

Marianne Faithfull quoted via The Guardian:
“I think he’s one of the greatest artists in the world and he’s changed our whole lives with his writing and his poetry.”
And she was scornful of the writers criticising the choice. “I think they’re ridiculous,” she said.

Michael Pollock via Facebook:
I have always liked Dylan, but I don't think he wrote or sang anything really significant after 1965. If I were him, I'd feel rather weird about accepting an award for literature when others, with so much more talent and an exceptional history of literary success, deserve it more. Dylan was a folk singer who stood on the shoulders of Woody Guthrie. In his acceptance speech, Dylan should at least acknowledge this fact. You could almost randomly throw a rock out the window and hit a better writer in the head.

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