Imagine a world where someone is rewarded something publicly and EVERYONE is fine with it. Yeah, not gonna happen. Especially when you are Bob Dylan and the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. But, Stephen King comes Dylan’s.
“People complaining about his Nobel either don’t understand or it’s just a plain old case of sour grapes,” he told Rolling Stone.
“I’ve seen several literary writers who have turned their noses up at the Dylan thing, like Gary Shteyngart [The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, Absurdistan]. Well, I’ve got news for you, Gary: There are a lot of deserving writers who have never gotten the Nobel Prize. And Gary Shteyngart will probably be one of them. That’s no reflection on his work. You have to rise to the level of a Faulkner if you’re an American.”
Around the time King was filming ‘THE SHINING,’ Rolling Thunder Revue landed in Maine and King was in attendance.”The only clear memory I have of that night is Dylan wearing the white face makeup.And that lady [Scarlet Rivera] with him that used to play violin.”King has remained a huge Dylan fan; when the news hit that Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature, the author says he was “over the moon.” “I read it over my breakfast,” he says. “It’s like remembering where you were when Kennedy was shot.”
When asked how he (Dylan) felt about receiving the prestigious honor, he said “Amazing, incredible. Whoever dreams about something like that?” And all the negativity is just “Idiot Wind”