HOW DOES IT FEEL, YA BUNCH OF LOSER ASS AUTHORS!? The legendary Bob Dylan won the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature, and I’m sure that’s got some people confused. But my only question is why the hell did it take so long? He may not have authored some fancy pants novel, but the man is one of the greatest writers ever to put pen to paper. He is more than worthy of receiving this prestigious award, and I’ll gladly fistfight anybody who disagrees.
The Swedish Academy handed Bob Dylan a remarkable, unexpected accolade on Thursday, announcing the singer as the recipient of the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature. In a succinct statement, the Academy said Dylan deserved the honor “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” He is the first American to win the Nobel Prize in literature since Toni Morrison in 1993. Previous renowned American laureates in the literature category include William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck.
The news was announced by the academy’s permanent secretary, Sara Danius. According to NPR, Danius called Dylan “a great poet in the English-speaking tradition,” and “a wonderful sampler – a very original sampler” during an interview following the announcement. “For 54 years now, he has been at it and reinventing himself, constantly creating a new identity,” she added.
I couldn’t agree more. To celebrate the 75-year-old Dylan’s unprecedented win, I’m going to listen to this classic on a continuous loop all day long. I’m also going to start campaigning for The Notorious B.I.G. to posthumously win the 2017 Nobel Prize in literature. The times they are a-changin, my friends.