Bob Dylan was named as the recipient of this year's Nobel Prize in Literature last week. He was subsequently congratulated by President Obama. However, Dylan's thoughts on the accolade are harder to come by as he is reportedly not communicating with the committee behind the prize.
So far Dylan is yet to comment on following in the footsteps of Thomas Pynchon, Philip Roth, and Cormac McCarthy in any fashion. The Swedish Academy’s permanent secretary, Sara Danius, has also claimed that Dylan hasn't confirmed if he will attend the annual ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden on December 10.
“Right now we are doing nothing. I have called and sent emails to his closest collaborator and received very friendly replies. For now, that is certainly enough,” Danius told state radio SR on October 18, as The Guardian reports. “If [Dylan] doesn’t want to come, he won’t come. It will be a big party in any case and the honor belongs to him,” she added. “I am not at all worried. I think he will show up.”
Dylan beat out authors Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Haruki Murakami, and Don DeLillo to win the 2016 prize.