Saturday, December 10
Bob Dylan Finally Sends a Response to the Nobel Committee
Bob Dylan, in his usual fashion went about collecting his prize in his own unique way. After staying out of touch for a week or so, he finally responded that he wouldn't be able to make it to Stockholm in person to receive the honor of honors in literature and all other fields. This is a first in that most every able-bodied recipient made the trek to deliver a speech to the committee for prize. The fact that he was incommunicado for a while was infuriating for some and a natural Bob Dylan move for others. Recipients have a six month window to accept the prize and deliver their speech. Dylan declined to go but sent a speech to be delivered by the US ambassador to Sweden, Azita Raji.
At the actual ceremony, Patti Smith attended in his stead and sang a rendition of "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall" but perhaps highlighting the genius of Dylan, her nerves got to her and she blew a few vocals. I doubt anyone who has tried to sing that song or even read it, is short on sympathy for the noted poet and singer herself. Here is Bob's acceptance speech in full:
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