Sure, it’s easy to pose a question like, “Who’s more deserving of a literary prize, Ernest Hemingway or Bob Dylan?” But, who’s to say that the accolade for producing “outstanding work in an ideal direction” needs to be a book? Although certainly a subjective category, Dylan’s Nobel was won “for having created poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” This debunks the argument that the Academy just liked his songs. Dylan’s lyrical ingenuity has been compared to that of Homer and Sappho and is seldom deemed unworthy of the Nobel by critics. It’s just that the Swedish Academy did something different that reporters smelled blood in the water. To these critics I have a number things to say but I’ll stick with: there’s a first time for everything.