Thursday, October 13, 2016

Congratulations To Bob Dylan

But now it is here
It has been a long time coming ...
The singer and songwriter Bob Dylan, one of the world’s most influential musicians, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” in the words of the Swedish Academy.

He is the first American to win the prize since the novelist Toni Morrison, in 1993. The announcement, in Stockholm, was a surprise: Although Mr. Dylan, 75, has been mentioned often as having an outside shot at the prize, his work does not fit into the literary canons of novels, poetry and short stories that the prize has traditionally recognized.

“Mr. Dylan’s work remains utterly lacking in conventionality, moral sleight of hand, pop pabulum or sops to his audience,” Bill Wyman, a journalist, wrote in a 2013 Op-Ed essay in The New York Times arguing for Mr. Dylan to get the award. “His lyricism is exquisite; his concerns and subjects are demonstrably timeless; and few poets of any era have seen their work bear more influence.”

Sara Danius, a literary scholar and the permanent secretary of the 18-member Swedish Academy, which awards the prize, called Mr. Dylan “a great poet in the English-speaking tradition” and compared him to Homer and Sappho, whose work was delivered orally. Asked if the decision to award the prize to a musician signaled a broadening in the definition of literature, Ms. Danius jokingly responded, “The times they are a changing, perhaps,” referencing one of Mr. Dylan’s songs.
(NY Times). Here is an apropos section from his Encyclopedia of Awareness Literature:

Slow Train Coming
by Bob Dylan

Sometimes I feel so low-down and disgusted
Can’t help but wonder what’s happenin’ to my companions
Are they lost or are they found
Have they counted the cost it’ll take to bring down
All their earthly principles they’re gonna have to abandon?
There’s a slow, slow train comin’ up around the bend
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Slow Train Coming - Bob Dylan from summer soul channel on Vimeo.

Next, Professor Chomsky explains what that slow train is. The next Nobel should go to Noam Chomsky:



3 comments:

  1. Thanks Dredd!
    Love the tunes that get played in the lab. They are carefully selected and unlike the FM day filler stations that accompany 'other' labs, these choices complement and enhance our understanding; moving us beyond the charts and curves and quant data and towards 'meaning'.
    I always think of John Keating when you fire up your sound system. The sound is so full and the music comes out of both the speakers and the very teachings in your lab.

    "We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, "O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?" Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be? " JK

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  2. "Obama Congratulates Bob Dylan On Nobel Prize Win" - link

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  3. Dylan says he will be at the Nobel Ceremony if at all possible (Telegraph).

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