Nobel Prize in Literature goes to Bob Dylan; award opens new avenues

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Meanwhile, as of this writing Dylan himself has had nothing to say on the subject of winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. Streams of his seminal 1965 song "Like A Rolling Stone" jumped the most, enjoying a 258 percent increase. They wrote poetic texts which were meant to be performed, and it's the same way for Bob Dylan. His prize comes with a $900,000 prize, and he will be honored in Stockholm in December. But quit your grumbling - Dylan is far more than a musician and he absolutely deserves this Nobel Prize.

But others called the academy's decision misguided and questioned whether songwriting, however brilliant, rises to the level of literature. The fact that Dylan was in that most artificial of modern havens - Las Vegas - during the announcement is somewhat pertinent to the message for modernity. If reading that bad boy cover-to-cover doesn't convince you that Bob Dylan deserves this Nobel Prize, then perhaps there's just a bit too much Mr. Jones in you.

U.S. President Barack Obama has offered his congratulations to Bob Dylan for being awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.

Not everyone sang Dylan's praises, however.

U.S. folk singer-songwriter Bob Dylan became the first American in 33 years to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for having "created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition" - and he's reacted in exactly the way you'd expect Bob Dylan to react; he's remained silent.

"It (Nobel prize) is rather late".