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Thread #160763   Message #3816439
Posted By: Will Fly
25-Oct-16 - 10:41 AM
Thread Name: Bob Dylan: Nobel laureate
Subject: RE: Bob Dylan: Nobel laureate
Apparently a Nobel Foundation spokesperson has called Dylan "impolite and arrogant" for not acknowledging the Nobel Prize for Literature.

The odd thing is that, according to the Nobel rules, you cannot actually refuse the prize if you're chosen for it - you become a Laureate whether you like it or not! (If you choose not to make the relevant speech/concert/blah within 6 months of being awarded the Laureate, then you don't get the cash that comes with the the award.)

But you can't refuse the Laureateship. If they say you're a Laureate, then you are one, and nothing in the world can alter that fact. How arrogant of the Nobel Foundation is that?

I note that no-one in the thread has yet queried the point of any awards like the Nobel Prize, the Man Booker Prize, etc. - all a waste of space in my humble opinion. The awarding of a prize doesn't make the object or point of that prize any worse or better for getting it. In Dylan's case, his lyrics are what they are - (I know very little about them and care less) - and will not be a whit different whether he's a prizewinner or not. If you're a fan - enjoy them. If not, you won't be bothered anyway.