Monday, September 17, 2018

Dylan in good company

As a colleague of my pointed out, the Nobel Prize that creates the most controversy is the prize that means the least. Yes, that would be the Literature Prize. Medicine or physics are more important, but nobody cares. Some people are still miffed because Graham Greene and August Strindberg never got the hotly coveted medal (although I'm pretty sure a gadfly like Strindberg would have donated it to some controversial charity).

Personally, I couldn't care less whether or not Bob Dylan gets the Literature Prize. Still, the controversy is great fun! Besides, it's not the first time a person who isn't a “real” writer gets the prize. French philosopher Henri Bergson and a certain Winston Churchill were also Nobel laureates, and I don't remember anyone complaining…

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