Bob Dylan Seems Kind of ‘Meh’ on the Whole Nobel Prize Thing
Since joining the exclusive list of Americans including Ernest Hemingway, Toni Morrison and William Faulkner who've earned this coveted award, Dylan has conspicuously avoided comment of any kind. He also hasn't returned phone calls trying to confirm his attendance at the ceremony from the Swedish Academy, which annually names laureates in literature.
Now the Nobel prize has suddenly been scrubbed from Dylan's official website. Yesterday, a listing for his upcoming collection The Lyrics 1961-2012 mentioned the award in all caps. Today, that bio line is gone.
This reticence has left committee secretary Sara Danius hoping for the best. “Right now, we are doing nothing," she told SR Radio, according to the Guardian. "I have called and sent emails to his closest collaborator and received very friendly replies. For now, that is certainly enough.”
Officials confirm that the invitation to receive the Nobel prize from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden still stands for Dec. 10. “I am not at all worried; I think he will show up,” Danius added. “If he doesn’t want to come, he won’t come. It will be a big party in any case, and the honor belongs to him.”
Dylan is the first Nobel laureate from the U.S. since Morrison, who won in 1993, and the first-ever musician to claim the prize. Bruce Springsteen, Gene Simmons and Leonard Cohen – the latter of whom impishly compared it to "pinning a medal on Mount Everest for being the highest mountain" – have since joined in celebration of Dylan's honor.
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