Bob’s Nobel

I’ve got a few thoughts on the reaction to Bob Dylan getting a Nobel Prize for Literature, and yes, you read that right. I don’t have much to say about him getting the Nobel, they certainly weren’t going to give it to me so I don’t care much who they give it to. He’s written some great songs, some poetic songs. My fandom has waxed and waned over the years, but there’s no denying he’s been a huge influence on our culture. I mean, Subterranean Homesick Blues was rap, 20 years before there was rap.
But what’s interesting to me is the reaction. My original reaction to the reaction is “Dayum, people, chill the fuck out. You’re sounding like Kanye West.” I mean, even if you agreed with him that Beyonce deserved the Grammy that year, (which,as with Dylan, is the secondary issue)you had to admit he was being kind of a dick about it. Don’t we have more important things to talk about?
Then,I thought about it a bit more. Why shouldn’t people have strong opinions about who gets the Nobel Prize for Literature? After all, I have gotten involved in Internet arguments over when and whether to use the Oxford comma (I’ll use it if it adds clarity to the sentence, but I prefer to stick to standard American usage whenever possible), whether Janeway was a better captain than Picard (No way! The next generation was the greatest Star Trek, Picard was the greatest captain, and anybody who doesn’t think so is a moron and they can go ahead and unfriend me)and, just yesterday the question, What was the greatest TV show theme song of all time (IMO, Green Acres)
These arguments (or discussions, if you prefer civility) bust out now and again and after a couple of days will be forgotten. (Who won the Nobel prize for literature last year? I know I don’t know.) And they allow everybody a chance to vent and let their opinion, irrelevant though it is, be known.


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