'Isn't that something?' Bob Dylan breaks long silence and accepts Nobel Prize in Literature

Photo: Alberto Cabello from Vitoria Gasteiz, CC 2.0
Bob Dylan, onstage in Victoria-Gasteiz, at the Azkena Rock Festival Photo: Alberto Cabello from Vitoria Gasteiz, CC 2.0

Usually when someone is awarded a Nobel Prize, they make a big deal of it. Not 75-year-old singer-songwriter Bob Dylan.

His response? Weeks of silence.

Dylan is the first songwriter to be awarded the Prize in Literature, joining the ranks of the world’s most revered literary figures, including Ernest Hemingway, TS Eliot and Winston Churchill to name just a few icons. His lack of response to this honour has been interpreted by a member at the Nobel committee as “impolite and arrogant.”

The UK’s Telegraph managed to get an audience with Dylan, and during his conversation with writer Edna Gundersen, he responded to the Nobel news with a nonchalant, “Isn’t that something?”

He told Gundersen that he plans to show up at the awards ceremony in Stockholm, “if it’s at all possible.”

He says that when he was first told the news of his win, he thought it was “amazing, incredible. Whoever dreams about something like that?”

Despite being asked, he did not directly respond to why he took so long to comment or to respond to the calls from the Nobel Prize committee.

The Nobel Prize ceremony is on Dec. 10 and the cash prize for winning the award is equivalent to $1.2 million CAD.

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