Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize In Literature earlier this month. Obviously, that’s a huge, huge honor, but it didn’t really seem like Bob Dylan gave a shit. He refused to return the Swedish Academy’s calls or emails or even acknowledge the award at all for weeks, pissing off at least one member of the committee. But after all that drama, he finally acknowledged the prize in an interview with The Telegraph today, talking about it totally casually as if he hadn’t been ignoring it for the past month.
He’s “absolutely” planning to show up for the award ceremony in Stockholm, he says, “if it’s at all possible.” And he genuinely seems pretty chuffed about the whole Nobel Prize thing, calling it “amazing” and “incredible” and musing, “It’s hard to believe…Whoever dreams about something like that?” But when asked if he agrees that his songs are great works of literature, all he says is, “I’ll let other people decide what they are. The academics, they ought to know. I’m not really qualified. I don’t have any opinion.”
Anyway, he might be showing up to the ceremony, but the jury’s still out on whether or not he does the required lecture (or concert) to collect his $900k prize money.