When the news came out in early October that Bob Dylan was getting the Nobel Prize in Literature, it seemed like everyone had an opinion on the decision, with the very notable exception of the songwriter himself.
Some writers like Gary Shteyngart and Jason Pinter felt the first American to win a Nobel since Toni Morrison in 1993 should have gone to someone else, while Stephen King, Jonathan Lethem and many others hailed it as a brilliant move. For weeks and weeks there was nothing but silence from the Dylan camp, and and Nobel Committee told the press nobody was returning their calls. “One can say that it is impolite and arrogant,” said Per Wastberg, a member of the Nobel Committee. “He is who he is.”
Dylan finally broke his silence on October 29th during an interview with the Telegraph about his upcoming art show. “It’s hard to believe,” he said. “Amazing, incredible. Who dreams about something like that.” Writer Edna Gundersen asked if he planned on attending the ceremony in Stockholm. “Absolutely,” he said. “If it’s at all possible.” With his tour ending weeks earlier, it seemed quite possible he’d be able to get out there, especially since nearly every able-bodied winner over the past few decades has found a way to make it.