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WhyBobDylanShouldntHaveGottena
Nobel
ByANNANORTH

OCT.13,2016

BobDylandoesnotdeservetheNobelPrizeinLiterature.
HedoesdeservethemanyGrammyshehasreceived,includingalifetime
achievementaward,whichhewonin1991.HeunquestionablybelongsintheRock&
RollHallofFame,intowhichhewasinductedin1988alongwiththeSupremes,the
BeatlesandtheBeachBoys.Heisawonderfulmusician,aworldclasssongwriter
andanenormouslyinfluentialfigureinAmericanculture.
Butbyawardingtheprizetohim,theNobelcommitteeischoosingnottoaward
ittoawriter,andthatisadisappointingchoice.
Yes,Mr.Dylanisabrilliantlyricist.Yes,hehaswrittenabookofprosepoetry
andanautobiography.Yes,itispossibletoanalyzehislyricsaspoetry.ButMr.
Dylanswritingisinseparablefromhismusic.Heisgreatbecauseheisagreat
musician,andwhentheNobelcommitteegivestheliteratureprizetoamusician,it
missestheopportunitytohonorawriter.
Asreadingdeclinesaroundtheworld,literaryprizesaremoreimportantthan
ever.Abigprizemeansajumpinsalesandreadershipevenforawellknownwriter.
Butmorethanthat,awardingtheNobeltoanovelistorapoetisawayofaffirming
thatfictionandpoetrystillmatter,thattheyarecrucialhumanendeavorsworthyof
internationalrecognition.

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10/20/2016

WhyBobDylanShouldntHaveGottenaNobelTheNewYorkTimes

Popularmusicissuchanendeavortoo,but,forthemostpart,italreadyreceives
therecognitionitdeserves.Andapartfromafewspokenwordawards,noonewould
expectthehighesthonorsinmusictogotoawriterwewontbeseeingZadie
SmithorMaryGaitskillintheRock&RollHallofFame.
Thecommitteeprobablydidnotmeantoslightfictionorpoetrywithitschoice.
Byhonoringamusicalicon,thecommitteemembersmayhavewantedtobringnew
culturalcurrencytotheprizeandmakeitfeelrelevanttoayoungergeneration.
Buttherearemanywaystheycouldhaveaccomplishedthiswhilestillhonoring
awriter.Theycouldhavechosenawriterwhohasmadesignificantinnovationsin
theform,likeJenniferEgan,TejuColeorAnneCarson.Theycouldhaveselecteda
writerfromthedevelopingworld,whichremainswoefullyunderrepresentedamong
Nobellaureates.Theycouldhavepickedawriterwhohasbuiltanaudience
primarilyonline,likeWarsanShire,whobecamethefirstYoungPoetLaureateof
Londonin2014.
Instead,thecommitteegavetheprizetoamanwhoisinternationallyfamousin
anotherfield,onewithplentyofhonorsofitsown.BobDylandoesnotneedaNobel
PrizeinLiterature,butliteratureneedsaNobelPrize.Thisyear,itwontgetone.
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