I am genuinely quite, quite thrilled by this news.
There has been no better writer than Dylan in the years Dylan has been
writing. The Nobel for Literature has never gone to anyone more worthy
are, to be sure, other writers equally worthy: I would love to see
someone from the SF field win it (Le Guin is most frequently named, and
would be a fitting winner, as would Wolfe, Delany, Crowley, and others).
I'd plug Alan Moore. The various
sneers at Philip Roth are misplaced; he, too, would be a great winner.
All that said: there is no better choice. Dylan is entirely and fully
A splendid, perfect choice.
Two further points:
First, I would like to thank the Nobel committee for taking my mind off this genuinely stomach-turning election (due, I should add, entirely to one candidate: I mean no false equivalence here), and giving me something to be genuinely happy about this morning.
Second, note to self:
really, really gotta resist getting into it with the people who are, in
various fashions, sneering. Shouting doesn't help people be less tone
PS: Ted Gioia totally called it some years ago (fun list all around, incidentally).