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Fylh from from from is reading is from is reading is reading is reading reading is reading October 5, 2011 - 11:14am

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2011/oct/05/nobel-prize-literature-bob-dylan?newsfeed=true

Murder everyone.

Murder self.

I don't care if he's your favorite musician. There are worthier candidates.

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones October 5, 2011 - 11:17am

if this happens it's going to damage my vision of award winning writing even worse than AMERICAN PASTORAL winning a pulitzer.

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Fylh from from from is reading is from is reading is reading is reading reading is reading October 5, 2011 - 11:19am

The difference is, American Pastoral is incredible. I know you don't like it, and that's fine, but Bob Dylan is a folk musician. Sure, he's very influential. But he's a folk singer, not Philip Roth, and I wish Philip Roth would win.

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. October 5, 2011 - 11:24am

They're giving out Nobel prizes to anybody now a days. Yes I'm referring to Obama.

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Fylh from from from is reading is from is reading is reading is reading reading is reading October 5, 2011 - 11:25am

Obama won the Peace prize. That's a little different.

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Jack from England is reading texts of rejection from pretty ladies October 5, 2011 - 12:45pm

If the unlikely happens and Pynchon wins, I really hope someone's going to streak again.

I'd rather Roth won though. 

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MileyWrites from Pennsylvania October 7, 2011 - 2:03pm

In total agreement with Phil. Time to find an A-K and a bell tower if Dylan wins.

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Tucson from Belgium is reading Late Essays - J.M. Coetzee October 8, 2011 - 1:50am

I'd go out and buy some of his records, possibly just download them. Yes, I'm that kind of guy.

 
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Fylh from from from is reading is from is reading is reading is reading reading is reading October 8, 2011 - 1:54am

Burn the witch.

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Instag8r from Residing in Parker, CO but originally from WV is reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy October 8, 2011 - 10:49am

After Obama's Nobel prize win can't you all see it's just a sham?

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Fylh from from from is reading is from is reading is reading is reading reading is reading October 8, 2011 - 11:10am

Nope, because Faulkner, Kertesz, Beckett, Saramago, Hemingway, Bellow, Yeats, Camus and Grass have all won it. That's a kind of legitimacy right there.

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postpomo from Canada is reading words words words October 8, 2011 - 11:36am

Llosa won last year's, so it still has some legitimacy re: literature.

If Dylan wins, I'm going to cancel all folk festivals world wide. Don't ask me how.

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helpfulsnowman from Colorado is reading But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman January 18, 2018 - 9:12am

Reviving this thread in 2018 in light of Dylan winning the Nobel for literature about 6 years after it was discussed here. 

What did you all think?

Shameless Plug: I wrote a LitReactor column about my thoughts. I'm curious to hear what you all thought about it when it happened and how you feel about it now. 

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like January 18, 2018 - 10:52am

I really like some of Dylan's work. His least impressive stuff is like grade-school, but not every Yeats poem is a miracle either. I wasn't mad about it. I wasn't particularly happy about it.

You could definitely argue there are other practitioners of literature they could've chosen, but people say that about every honoree. People complained they'd never heard of Modiano or that Alexievich wrote non-fiction. I don't remember reading much reaction to Munro & Ishiguro, pro or con, but no doubt there were people saying they were not [quality] enough to deserve it over so-and-so.