Last week, music legend Bob Dylan became the first songwriter ever to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. The Nobel Prize committee all agreed that Bob Dylan deserved the award for being a “great poet” and for creating “new poetic expressions.” The only problem is, it appears that Bob Dylan isn’t that interested in being a Nobel Prize recipient.
The Guardian says that the Nobel Prize people have been trying to reach Bob Dylan, but he’s not picking up the phone. Bob hasn’t even acknowledged that he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He won the award on Thursday and hasn’t said a peep about it. And it’s not for lack of a good opportunity either. He performed a show in Las Vegas the same night and played Desert Trip in Indio, CA this past weekend and didn’t say anything about it.
As of right now, the Nobel Prize people are done trying to chase Bob Dylan down. The Nobel Prize’s permanent secretary Sara Danius is clearly done with his shit:
“Right now we are doing nothing. I have called and sent emails to his closest collaborator and received very friendly replies. For now, that is certainly enough.”
Damn, Sara Danius doesn’t play. She also wasn’t done coming for Bob Dylan either. When asked if she thinks Bob Dylan will show up to the ceremony to collect his award on December 10th, she shrugged her shoulders. If the Nobel Prize ever gives out an award for pettiness, Sara Danius’ name will surely be on the nomination list.
“I am not at all worried. I think he will show up. If he doesn’t want to come, he won’t come. It will be a big party in any case and the honour belongs to him.”
Bob Dylan doesn’t just get a big gold-plated token with Alfred Nobel’s face on it. People says he also gets a cash prize of over $900,000. I don’t know if he has to be present to collect that giant check. He might want to ask his closest collaborator to ask Sara about that if she calls again.
The Nobel Prize committee better have a backup plan in case Bob is a no-show, which it’s starting to look like he might be. I say that if he doesn’t RSVP to their party by December 1st, they call up Cate Blanchett and see if she’s still got that Dylan wig and if she wants an all-expenses paid trip to Stockholm. And if she’s not available, maybe the remaining two living Traveling Wilburys would be interested.