Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize

The Swedish Academy has announced the winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature.

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016 is awarded to Bob Dylan

"for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".

It was certainly an untraditional choice, and the first Nobel in Literature won by an American since 1993. The oddsmakers had predicted a half-dozen other possible winners, so Dylan will be a surprise. The award comes with 8 million kroner, or about $900,000. -via Metafilter


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Interesting on many levels. IMHO, Paul Simon had as much, if not more, poetic content but was not as iconic of the movement. As well, most of Dylan's memorable work was 50 years ago with quite a bit of junk 40 years ago. Could this be a statement that "literature" needs to be redefined? Will an iconic YouTuber of today win the prize in 4 years?
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