Kurt Vonnegut Would Have Hated That Bob Dylan Won a Nobel Prize

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Kurt Vonnegut Would Have Hated That Bob Dylan Won a Nobel Prize

Maybe it's a good thing social media didn't exist back in 1913, when the influential Bengali poet, musician and painter Rabindranath Tagore became the first lyricist to win the Nobel Prize for literature.

To put it bluntly, the hard but necessary task of distinguishing "good" art from "bad" art has been lost amid the struggle over what gets to ranked as "best".

Dylan, who is now on tour in the USA, hasn't mentioned the Nobel Prize during his concerts since the announcement.

Dylan, meanwhile, has not publicly spoken of the honor, nor did he mention it at performances at the Desert Trip music festival or at a concert in Las Vegas in recent days.

Some keen-eyed individuals spotted the award listed on Dylan's website, on a page promoting his book of lyrics, aptly titledThe Lyrics: 1961-2012.

Alameddine later clarified that he respects Dylan as a songwriter, but he'd have awarded the prize to poets more deserving.

The Nobel Prize for Literature recognition for Bob Dylan has been met with both positive and negative responses as posted in a New York Times article.

So far, Dylan himself isn't one of them.

Danius said she was "not at all worried" that Dylan would fail to appear at the ceremony in Stockholm on 10 November, where the Nobel winners are celebrated and where Dylan will be invited to give a lecture.

Matthew Schnipper, managing editor of Pitchfork, said it was "somewhat shocking-even disappointing" that Dylan won.

Stephen Crane Award-winning author, Gary Shteyngart tweeted against the decision, saying, "I totally get the Nobel committee (sic)".

Only two people have declined a Nobel Prize in literature. Dylan won the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature on October 13.

The Swedish Academy awarded Dylan the prize last Thursday for his "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".

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