The clock is still ticking on that lecture Bob Dylan is required to give to be eligible to receive the prize money that comes with his Nobel Prize for Literature — about $900,000. Dylan has until June 10 to deliver the lecture, according to a report by the BBC.
But at least Dylan has agreed to pick up his award. He will be in Stockholm anyway for a couple of concerts this weekend, and will meet in private with reps from the Swedish Academy to accept the award, according to the report. No media will be allowed in, at Dylan’s request.
Much has been made of the rock icon’s so-called “snub” of the Nobel Prize folks after he opted out of participating in the official ceremony back in December. But Dylan has been gracious about the whole thing, saying it was “truly beyond words” to receive the Nobel Prize, and noting that he had to skip the ceremony due to “pre-existing commitments.”
About that lecture, Dylan is apparently going to send it in by tape but will not deliver it in person — which has also been done in the past. The Nobel group is breaking new ground anyway in awarding the prize to Dylan — it’s the first time the literature prize has been given to a songwriter.
In a blog post, Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, wrote: “The good news is that the Swedish Academy and Bob Dylan have decided to meet this weekend. The Academy will then hand over Dylan’s Nobel diploma and the Nobel medal, and congratulate him on the Nobel Prize in Literature. The setting will be small and intimate, and no media will be present; only Bob Dylan and members of the Academy will attend, all according to Dylan’s wishes.”
Danius noted that members of the Academy will also be attending one of Dylan’s Stockholm concerts.