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Bob Dylan Breaks Silence on His Nobel Prize: ‘It’s Hard to Believe’

NEW YORK - MAY 19: Musical guest Bob Dylan performs on the Late Show with David Letterman, Tuesday May 19, 2015 on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via Getty Images)
Jeffrey R. Staab—CBS/Getty Images Bob Dylan performs on the Late Show with David Letterman in New York on May 19, 2015.

Answer no longer blowing in the wind, friends

After 15 days of an apparent silent treatment, Bob Dylan has made his first public statements about winning the Nobel Prize for Literature.

“It’s hard to believe, amazing, incredible. Whoever dreams about something like that?” Dylan told The Telegraph in his first interview since the Swedish Academy announced the honor on Oct. 13. Dylan was recognized for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”

The award briefly got some airtime on his website before it was quickly removed, and the musician famously shuns media, but he made an exception for this.

“If I accept the prize? Of course,” Dylan said, according to a Nobel Prize news release. “The news about the Nobel Prize left me speechless. I appreciate the honor so much,” he told Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy.

The prestigious honor’s unlikely recipient seemed to splinter the internet. President Obama took to Twitter to congratulate Dylan, but some authors took to Twitter to sound off about the crossover artist whose published works remixed literary traditions. Dylan is the first musician to be recognized for the honor. Without him, the protest movements of the’60s would have happened, but they might have lost their soundtrack.

As for the question of whether he’ll attend the awards ceremony in Stockholm, his answer was non-committal. “Absolutely. If it’s at all possible.”

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