Where am I going to get a human skull? (From Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize speech)

I was out on the road when I received this surprising news, and it took me more than a few minutes to properly process it. I began to think about William Shakespeare, the great literary figure. I would reckon he thought of himself as a dramatist. The thought that he was writing literature couldn’t have entered his head. His words were written for the stage. Meant to be spoken not read. When he was writing Hamlet, I’m sure he was thinking about a lot of different things: “Who’re the right actors for these roles?” “How should this be staged?” “Do I really want to set this in Denmark?” His creative vision and ambitions were no doubt at the forefront of his mind, but there were also more mundane matters to consider and deal with. “Is the financing in place?” “Are there enough good seats for my patrons?” “Where am I going to get a human skull?” I would bet that the farthest thing from Shakespeare’s mind was the question “Is this literature?”

Read all of Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech.

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4 thoughts on “Where am I going to get a human skull? (From Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize speech)”

  1. Bob Dylan’s acceptance speech is, well, Bob Dylan. Eternal gratitude to him for being there as a poet to help me navigate some rough roads in my life. And bringing to life songs of love and desire.

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