Does Bob Dylan deserve a Nobel Prize for Literature?

Subterranean Homesick Blues

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David Hadju, blogging on Bob Dylan for The New Republic:

Dylan … has written “Tomorrow Is a Long Time,” “Visions of Johanna,” “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” “Idiot Wind,” and enough other works of fiery imagination to just about justify his progressive canonization. A Nobel Prize seems almost inevitable, if not obligatory, now. Dylan’s output, in its vastness and breadth, is not consistently brilliant; for every ten songs as good as “Boots of Spanish Leather,” there’s one “Wiggle Wiggle.” Still, his body of work, taken as a whole, is clearly deep and rich enough to meet the elastic standards of the Nobel academy.

Ponder, and read the rest of Bob Dylan and the Benevolent Tyranny of Nobel Competition.


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