At last, Bob Dylan finally spoke to his current Nobel Prize in Literature win, and in doing so, unveil that the public opinion of his radio silence could not have been more off-base.
The Nobel’s selecting body, the Swedish Academy, currently gave up on trying to talk with Dylan, with one member of the selecting committee even representing Dylan’s silence as “impolite and arrogant.” After the mention of the award was added to, then quickly lay-off from Dylan’s website, it almost is seen as if the 75-year-old musician was strongly avoiding the accolade.
But in the newest interview with The Telegraph’s Edna Gunderson, Dylan, at last, broke his silence, speak in his original impression of the Nobel win as astonishing, incredible. Anyone who dreams of something like that? And adds that “It’s tuff to believe.” When asked if he would be at the award ceremony in Stockholm on Dec. 10, Dylan says, “of course, If it’s at all possible.”
As Per a Nobel Foundation press release note, Dylan also called the Swedish Academy to suitably accept the award: The news about the Nobel Prize winner make me amazed, he told Sara Danius, everlasting Secretary of the Swedish Academy. I am so grateful the honor so much.
When asked by Gunderson to elaborate why he had not been in connected with the Academy, Dylan mysteriously replied, “Well, I’m right here,” but did not elaborate more, which is just about correct. We can only expect so much clarity from the spectacularly reticent Dylan.
In speaking personally with Dylan, Gunderson also got up comments made by Danius, who praise Dylan’s works to those of the ancient Greeks:
If you look back in the past, A long back, 2,500 years or so, you find Homer and Sappho, and they wrote poetic texts that were meant to be heard too, they were meant to be executed, often together with instruments, and it’s the same way with Bob Dylan. But we still read Homer and Sappho stories … and we love it, and the same stuff with Bob Dylan. He can be read and should be read.
“I suppose so, in some way,” Dylan cautiously asserted. “Some of my own songs—Blind Willie, The Ballad of Hollis Brown, Joey, A Hard Rain, Hurricane, and some others—perfectly are Homeric in value.” “The academics, they commitment to know,” he went on to say. “I’m not really capable. I don’t have any view.”
As the significance of Sound’s Alex Young points out, we could have forecast things would play out this way if we’d just heard to Dylan’s best friend and collaborator David Crosby, who speaks to the circumstances on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live earlier this weekend. “He hasn’t slighted them. He just hasn’t seen his mail yet, he doesn’t own a cell phone,” Crosby says. “The truth is Bob’s not really owned about awards.”