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Bob Dylan Is a Genius of Almost Unparalleled Influence, but He Shouldn’t Have Gotten the Nobel

“Bob Dylan is a fire burning in an otherwise lukewarm, middlebrow, environment,” the fantastical guitar player John Fahey once said, “An inextinguishable conflagration. Bob Dylan is a life. A presence. A radiation point. A sun.” We live in Dylan’s world, now, in a mainstream in which the singer as poet, as auteur, as someone with something to say is taken for granted. It was Dylan, more than anyone, who took Truth from out of the Victorian attic and put it into rock ’n’ roll; put it on the AM radio.
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