What better diversion from the unceasing allegations against
Truth be told, Dylan's new-found status as a Nobel laureate for literature does not come without controversy. No one argues the indispensability of Dylan's poetry, but the Swedish Academy has never awarded its literature prize to a musician, setting off rumblings that a more deserving artist didn't get recognized.
Whatever one thinks of the Swedish Academy's decision, Dylan's prize provides as good an excuse as any to ponder, for a few moments, an icon of pop culture who reflects the best of our society. The letters here do just that.
Nancy Roeger of Carlsbad cites Dylan's prize-worthy poetry:
In 1990 my daughter took a college class that focused on Dylan's lyrics. Some people snickered then.
Who's laughing now? Read the words in "Forever Young" to understand why he deserves his prize:
May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always stay courageous
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay forever young
Christine Hagel of Orcutt, Calif., applies Dylan's work to the 2016 election:
Dylan's lyrics apply to everyday life. Consider this year's convulsive presidential campaign. It's hard to imagine a more resounding rebuke of low-information voters than a biting verse from Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone":
You never turned around to see the frowns on the jugglers and the clowns
When they all come down and did tricks for you
You never understood that it ain't no good
You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you
David Overly of Glendora, who is on the English faculty at Citrus College, sees Dylan's prize as a political statement:
I am ecstatic that Dylan was awarded the
The Swedish Academy's choice of Dylan, with his uplifting civil rights era songs, may have been intended as a rebuff to Trump's racism. Nobel committees have been know to honor Americans they like as a way to criticize those they do not.