Dylan now 'Tangled up' in Pulitzer honors

5:21 PM, Apr 8, 2008   |    comments
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A musical enigma who has battled with the press for years, now holds one of journalism's highest honors. Minnesota native Bob Dylan will receive an honorary Pulitzer prize, for what judges call "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power." "I think it's fabulous," opined Dr. Andrew Scheiber, chair of the english department at the University of St. Thomas. "It gives us a whole 'nother universe to teach. Now we can have a course on Pulitzer Prize winners, and include Dylan on the syllabus with Toni Morrison." Scheiber, a folk musician himself, celebrates the combination of Dylan's commitment to old musical traditions with his groundbreaking words and playful poetry. "If you can get students who are learning to write poetry to figure out what he's doing with knocking an adjective together with a noun, and coming up with an image nobody has seen before, I think you really have an education in creative writing there." M-P-R 'The Morning Show' host and Dylan fan Dale Connely agrees. "His words are always interesting, and open to interpretation, debate, can't be pinned down, and so it gives people something to talk about. What you can really do is project your 'own' ideas into what Bob Dylan is saying, and that makes him a genius to just about everybody, for a different reason." Dylan is considered the first musician with rock or pop credentials to recieve a Pulitzer. In the past, select classical or jazz musicians have been selected for the prestigious honor, given to musicians, writers, or journalists for outstanding work.

By Dana Thiede, KARE 11 News

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