It’s taken 15 days, but Bob Dylan has finally accepted that he won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
“It’s hard to believe,” the legendary singer-songwriter told The Telegraph in his first interview since the Oct. 13 announcement, calling the honor “amazing, incredible. Whoever dreams about something like that?”
Since being recognized as the first musician ever to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, Dylan has been relatively silent. His website mentioned the award, but the note was swiftly removed from the site. The Swedish Academy insisted that Dylan had not returned their phone calls until this week and had stopped reaching out to him. (“The news about the Nobel Prize left me speechless,” he told an Academy member. “I appreciate the honor so much.”) One member even called him “impolite and arrogant.”
Regardless, making it to the Dec. 10 ceremony is on the 75-year-old’s mind: “Absolutely,” he said when asked if he would attend. “If it’s at all possible.” The Academy indicated it was unsure whether Dylan would appear at the Stockholm fete.
Read Dylan’s full interview at The Telegraph.