Karl Puschmann is an entertainment writer for the New Zealand Herald.

Bob Dylan finally breaks his silence on Nobel Prize

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2012, file photo, Bob Dylan performs in Los Angeles. Dylan was named the winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, in a stunning announcement that
FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2012, file photo, Bob Dylan performs in Los Angeles. Dylan was named the winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, in a stunning announcement that

Bob Dylan has finally broken his silence and spoken about winning the prestigious Nobel Prize for Literature.

Cool as any number of cucumbers, Dylan commented, "Isn't that something?".

He was speaking to The Daily Telegraph, who had an interview scheduled to talk about his new art exhibition, which opens at the Halcyon Gallery in London next week.

Having had more success at getting the 75-year-old legendary singer-songwriter to answer his phone than the Nobel committee, the Telegraph's writer proceeded to ask Dylan a few questions about his win.

Dylan, who is currently on tour in Oklahoma, is the first musician to be awarded the elite literary prize.

However, since his win was announced over a fortnight ago Dylan had made no public comment or even confirmed that he would attend the ceremony to accept the award on December 10.

Dylan's website had initially acknowledge his historic win but the post was mysteriously deleted within 24 hours.

His blanking of the Swedish academy led them to label him, "impolite and arrogant".

Bob Dylan for the album the Witmark Demos Pic supplied for TimeOut by Sony Music. NZH 30Oct10 - NZH 16Apr11 - WGC 14Jul12 - NZH 14Jul12 - NZH 08Nov14 - NZH 08Nov14 -
Bob Dylan for the album the Witmark Demos Pic supplied for TimeOut by Sony Music. NZH 30Oct10 - NZH 16Apr11 - WGC 14Jul12 - NZH 14Jul12 - NZH 08Nov14 - NZH 08Nov14 -

Which could make for an awkward moment at the ceremony, as Dylan also confirmed to the Telegraph that he is planning to travel to Stockholm to accept his award. Although he did leave himself a little wriggle room...

"Absolutely," he said, when asked if he would be attending. "If it's at all possible."

Speaking about his win he said, it was, "hard to believe".

"Amazing, incredible. Whoever dreams about something like that?"

- NZ Herald

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