How many days does a man have to take to acknowledge his Nobel Prize?
Apparently the answer isn’t blowing in the wind. The answer is five. Five days.
That’s how long it took for Bob Dylan to finally get around to addressing the fact that he won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature.
Not with words, or an official statement, though. No, whoever’s running Dylan’s social accounts addressed the win on his Facebook, and his website now contains the line “winner of the Nobel prize in literature” in reference to the release of a new book of his singer’s lyrics.
But that’s it. Dylan, 75, played shows the Thursday the awards were announced and the day after, but didn’t speak to the award onstage at either occasion.
Dylan’s win was not without controversy. Various literary figures protested a musician being awarded the prize, with Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh taking the award for most vociferous response: “This is an ill-conceived nostalgia award wrenched from the rancid prostates of senile, gibbering hippies.”
British author Will Self called on Dylan to reject the prize, as French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre did in 1964. However, the Nobel committee in turn rejected his rejection, and Sartre is still listed as an award winner in their records.
The only question left for Dylan, really, is: How does it feel?