I don't care if he's your favorite musician. There are worthier candidates.
if this happens it's going to damage my vision of award winning writing even worse than AMERICAN PASTORAL winning a pulitzer.
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.
They're giving out Nobel prizes to anybody now a days. Yes I'm referring to Obama.
Obama won the Peace prize. That's a little different.
If the unlikely happens and Pynchon wins, I really hope someone's going to streak again.
I'd rather Roth won though.
In total agreement with Phil. Time to find an A-K and a bell tower if Dylan wins.
I'd go out and buy some of his records, possibly just download them. Yes, I'm that kind of guy.
Burn the witch.
After Obama's Nobel prize win can't you all see it's just a sham?
Nope, because Faulkner, Kertesz, Beckett, Saramago, Hemingway, Bellow, Yeats, Camus and Grass have all won it. That's a kind of legitimacy right there.
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.
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.
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.