The Bad Faith of the Nobel Prize

To be a Nobel laureate, however, is to allow “people” to define who one is, to become an object and a public figure rather than a free individual. The Nobel Prize is in fact the ultimate example of bad faith: A small group of Swedish critics pretend to be the voice of God, and the public pretends that the Nobel winner is Literature incarnate. All this pretending is the opposite of the true spirit of literature, which lives only in personal encounters between reader and writer.


Citing the example, and writings, of Sartre, Adam Kirsch says Dylan shouldn't accept his Nobel Prize.

Dylan has ditched the Swedish Academy so far, but note that his website prominently displays the news of his 2016 Grammy award–and hawks a bunch of his stuff. Why say no only to the Nobel and not, for example, the Pulitzer?

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