sábado, 15 de octubre de 2016

MercatorNet: Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize. 1066 and all that. | MercatorNet

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I would like to issue a big thank-you to the Swedes for giving Bob Dylan the Nobel Prize in Literature. Thank God we have something to argue about this week other than the failings of Donald Trump.
I’ve noticed that reactions to the news varied according to the age of the pundit. The baby-boomers are swooning. Dylan is, after all, the guardian angel of baby-boomerdom – rebellion, nostalgia, confusion, and anxiety. He captured the Zeitgeist.
But I’ve noticed that millennial critics tended to say: “Dylan, what the…? He writes songs, not poetry?! They don’t make sense without the music.” It’s odd that Dylan’s trademark surrealism and protest don’t strike a chord with a younger generation.
Anyhow, a bit like the Nobel Peace Prize, which Al Gore won for his PowerPoint skills and Barack Obama for nothing at all, the Nobel Prize in Literature is meant to provoke controversy. Let it begin. Read Martin Fitzgerald’s reaction below

Michael Cook 
Editor 
MERCATORNET


Why Bob Dylan is a Nobel choice

By Martin Fitzgerald
Of course it's literature. Of the highest order.

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In honouring Dylan, the judges have made a category error

By Jen Webb
The greatest living poet? Not on your nelly.

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King Harold the Great: if the English had beaten the Normans in 1066

By Charles West and Alyxandra Mattison
950 years ago today, the last successful invasion of England took place

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Your kids and the facts of life, Part 2

By Carolyn Smith and Mary Cooney
An experienced mother offers great advice

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Transgender identities are not always permanent

By Walt Heyer
A man who lived as a woman for years shares his traumatic experience

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Some thoughts on marriage from young Chinese

By Marcus Roberts
An insight perhaps into why marriage is declining in China.

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Dracula’s daughter takes on the Ottoman Empire

By Jennifer Minicus
Yet another young adult novel full of sex and violence

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As medicine improves, how long can we expect to live?

By Karl D. Stephan
We seem to have a built-in expiration date of about 115 years

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All the boxes have been ticked, but single career women are still not happy

By Julia Vidmar
Today's young women are over-achievers and the young men are under-achievers.

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Siblings with benefits

By Tamara El-Rahi
A little gratitude for my siblings as I settle into motherhood.

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