[ilds] Nobel Prize

Richard Pine pinedurrellcorfu at gmail.com
Thu Oct 13 13:06:45 PDT 2016


For the record, the voting was:

1 Bob Dylan
2 Joan Baez
3 Leonard Cohen
4 Donovan
5 Simon and Garfunkel
6 Salman Rushdie

Rather more importantly, does anyone have a view on Christopher Ricks's
situation vis-a-vis Boston University and the Editorial Institute?


RP

On Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 10:49 PM, Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
wrote:

> This is not a matter of taste.  It's a gross disregard of genre and what
> it means to be a writer.  Read today's editorial in the New York Times,
> which argues that Dylan should not have received the award.  I agree
> completely.  The Nobel Committee has capitulated to critical fads in the
> literary academy.
>
> Bruce
>
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Oct 13, 2016, at 11:55 AM, Kennedy Gammage <gammage.kennedy at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> Bruce, they couldn't give the Nobel Prize for his voice so it had to be
> the lyrics.
>
> De Gustibus - Ken
>
> On Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 11:20 AM, Bruce Redwine <
> bredwine1968 at earthlink.net> wrote:
>
>> Bob Dylan has won the Nobel Prize for literature.  Not wanting to
>> disparage my fellow American, but one has to wonder what the criteria are
>> for this prize.  Dylan’s oeuvre, while influential as a song writer and
>> lyricist, is meager, perhaps a slender volume of poetry.  I guess awarding
>> him a prize shows how the Nobel Academy has turned to the cultural studies
>> movement, where literature becomes defined beyond recognition.  Christopher
>> Ricks, a highly respected critic, values Dylan’s poetry (*Dylan’s Vision
>> of Sin* [2005]).  Does it, however, warrant such a prestigious award?
>> Writers and poets like Marcel Proust, James Joyce, and Jorge Luis Borges
>> were ignored by this academy.  Lawrence Durrell also falls into this group,
>> this unique *Salon des Refusés.*  These writers, in my opinion, all had
>> a major and substantial body of work which certainly deserves
>> classification as “literature.”  I can’t say the same for Bob Dylan.
>>
>> Bruce
>>
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