For Bob Dylan, Nobel is a Silent Prize

The New York Times:  Bob Dylan, the Newest Nobel Laureate, Maintains His Reticence

What does Bob Dylan think about winning the Nobel Prize?

The Swedish Academy, which bestows the award, does not know because it has not spoken to him. And Mr. Dylan, despite performing twice since being named the latest Nobel laureate in literature last week, has yet to make a public statement about the honor.

Sara Danius, the permanent secretary of the academy, told Swedish public radio on Monday that the academy has been in contact with an associate of Mr. Dylan, but apparently not with the artist himself. Ms. Danius said she did not know whether he planned to attend the award ceremony in Stockholm on Dec. 10.

It has been four days, as of Monday, since Mr. Dylan, 75, won the Nobel, the first time the award has gone to a musician. The announcement set off a debate in literary circles over whether Mr. Dylan was an appropriate choice.

On Thursday night, just hours after the announcement. Mr. Dylan and his band played at a theater in Las Vegas, and he said not a word about winning the world’s highest literary honor. The next day, he was at Desert Trip, the classic-rock festival in Indio, Calif., and again made no remarks from the stage, though observers studied his performance for any clue of a reaction, however remote.

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