Monday, December 12, 2016
I have to say that hearing Patti Smith sing "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall" at the Nobel Prize ceremony should put to rest any further question about Bob Dylan's deserving the prize. I also think that his banquet speech was modest and charming. Dylan was a piece in the Mock Trial problem we used this semester, which was about a popular culture writer who was fired by her magazine, supposedly because she was not sufficiently up on current pop music. On a quiz, just for fun, I asked the students to name three Dylan songs for extra credit, and none of them could. After the final I had them vote on who the class MVP was, and awarded him with a copy of "Greatest Hits, Vol. II".