[ilds] Nobel to Dylan for literature

Robin Collins robin.w.collins at gmail.com
Fri Oct 14 13:17:43 PDT 2016

A good argument was given by (writer, also musician, also host to tribute/reading to/for Ian McEwan recently in Toronto) Dave Bidini in Globe and Mail today. He suggested a lyricist can rely on music and voice but a literature author has nothing but the words, which must survive alone. So in his view the category shouldn't include lyricists. I am a big early to mid era Dylan fan but many of his lyrics don't stand up well without the sounds behind them. Others stand very well. How does that feel? To be on your own? Like a complete unknown?


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