October 6, 2011
Bob Dylan, Not a Nobel Laureate in Literature (Yet)
And yes, apparently the betting odds during the last couple of weeks were favoring him. Instead, Tomas Tranströmer, a Swedish poet, was named winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature. He was honored, the Nobel citation said, "because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality."
Home field advantage? [JH]
In addition, the Nobel Committee was quite explicit in stating that it is extra-stringent in its scrutiny with respect to native nominees for the prize.
As for your suggesting that the likes of Bob Dylan should even be considered for such an honor, and that he perhaps deserved it more than Tranströmer, I can only assume (or hope) that this is another instance of your vaunted sense of humor at work.
--- Well, Kevin it was just a joke. However, English novelist Tim Parks does think there may be a home field advantage. See The Swedish Academy Has a Swede Problem at http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2011/10/nobel-prize-literature-has-swedish-problem/43476/
Posted by: Kevin | Oct 7, 2011 6:32:50 AM
"Home field advantage?" Not really. He's an excellent poet. Check out, The Half-Finished Heaven: The Best Poems of Tomas Tranströmer for a taste.
Posted by: Harvey Morrell | Oct 6, 2011 6:57:47 PM