Earlier this month, Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature — a prestigious designation given to one of the most beloved and prolific songwriters in music history.
In the time since the announcement, though, Dylan had remained silent about the honor, even basically ignoring calls from the Nobel committee, which had been attempting to reach him for comment and to see if he was interested in going to the ceremony on December 10.
A brand new interview between Dylan and Edna Gunderson of the Telegraph, however, provides a sizable update on both fronts, and offers up some candid comments and reflection from the evasive Dylan.
In addition to saying he is “absolutely” planning on attending the event, “if it’s at all possible,” Dylan also explained his initial reaction to the big news:
“It’s hard to believe,” he muses. His name has been mentioned as on the shortlist for a number of years, but the announcement was certainly not expected. When he was first told, it was, Dylan confides, “amazing, incredible. Whoever dreams about something like that?”
As for the power of Dylan’s lyrics, a big reason he was selected by the Nobel committee, he offered this up to Gunderson:
“I’ll let other people decide what they are,” he tells me. “The academics, they ought to know. I’m not really qualified. I don’t have any opinion.”
He may not consider himself “qualified” for lyrical explanation, but enough folks seem to hold him in high enough regard to bestow him an award as lofty as a Nobel Prize.
Congratulations, Mr. Dylan.