Earlier today, legendary songwriter Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. As previously reported, Dylan didn’t attend the ceremony himself, instead sending his old friend Patti Smith in his place. Smith sang Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall” at the ceremony earlier today, briefly faltering due to nervousness, but bringing the song to a stirring conclusion.
But although Dylan wasn’t in Stockholm in person, his words did make the trip. The U.S. ambassador to Sweden, Azita Raji, read a speech Dylan had penned for the occasion at the Nobel Banquet, which takes place after the awards. And despite all the jokes that have been made—by ourselves, included—about Dylan’s apparent, potentially contemptuous silence toward the Prizes when his win was first announced, the speech he sent was remarkably humble and thoughtful. “I don’t know if these men and women ever thought of the Nobel honor for themselves,” Dylan wrote, referring …
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