FROM Kevin Dettmar
Bob Dylan awarded Nobel Prize for Literature Today, the Secretary of the Swedish Academy announced this year's Nobel Prize for Literature . It goes to a poet favored by President Obama and Salman Rushdie, but the winner is still a surprise: singer and song writer Bob Dylan . Asked why Dylan was chosen, the Secretary said, “the times they are a 'changin'…” We get perspective on the prize and the poet from Carolyn Kellogg, book editor of the Los Angeles Times , and from Kevin Dettmar, chair of the English Department at Pomona College and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Bob Dylan . Bob Dylan, onstage in Victoria-Gasteiz, at the Azkena Rock Festival in 2010 Photo by Alberto Cabello
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