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Bob Dylan’s Nobel Win Suggests the Prize Is a-Changin’ (and Not Just Because He’s a Musician)

The Nobel Prize in Literature is notorious for disconcerting the public and the press, but today it blindsided us in a whole new way. Honoring Bob Dylan for what the Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, Sara Danius, described as the work of “a great poet in the English-speaking tradition” will surely please many more people than the prize usually does. But plenty of literary types feel that an entire galaxy of print authors has just been snubbed in favor of touting an already-famous rock star.
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