Rewarding crowd-pleasers is not the point of Nobel prizes
Published 14/10/2016 | 02:30
Bob Dylan has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Why not? If the Nobel Committees can give a peace prize to Henry Kissinger then it can give a literature prize to a man who hasn't written any literature.
Where that all ends, I don't know. Perhaps a Nobel Prize in 2025 being awarded to Donald Trump for lyrical tweeting.
This is not a question of taste. Dylan is a great folk artist, maybe the greatest alive. But the Nobel is supposed to be awarded not on the basis of what the public likes (if it were, Doris Lessing wouldn't have won it) but on ability matched by idealism.