The times they are a-changin’

The Nobel committee broke with tradition this year by selecting of Bob Dylan for this year’s literature prize. The uproar from the right is a silly as it is predictable.  Dylan is the poet of my generation, the Baby Boomers. He captured our dreams, our fears, our youthful idealism, and our ultimate disillusionment. The fact that he sang his poems, often interspersed with harmonica and guitar, does not make them less serious or less affecting. With this award, committee not only acknowledged the influence of electronic media on art but also paid homage to the centuries of oral tradition that birthed literature in the first place. It was a good choice.


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