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After Dylan it’s coming, a Nobel Prize for bloggers.

If the times they are a changing, don’t get in the way, and the best change I can see is a Nobel Prize for bloggers.

You’ve got your novelists, poets, playwrites, all deserving honor.

Add blogger to the list, but with a few distinctions.

Like no Nobel Lit writer is like any other, the same holds for bloggers. Until now.

Blame Dylan.

That last ten Nobel Lit writers:

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2016

Bob Dylan

“for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2015

Svetlana Alexievich

“for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time”

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2014

Patrick Modiano

“for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation”

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2013

Alice Munro

“master of the contemporary short story”

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2012

Mo Yan

“who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary”

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2011

Tomas Tranströmer

“because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality”

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2010

Mario Vargas Llosa

“for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt, and defeat”

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2009

Herta Müller

“who, with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed”

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2008

Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio

“author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization”

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2007

Doris Lessing

“that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny”

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2006

Orhan Pamuk

“who in the quest for the melancholic soul of his native city has discovered new symbols for the clash and interlacing of cultures”

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2005

Harold Pinter

“who in his plays uncovers the precipice under everyday prattle and forces entry into oppression’s closed rooms”

Make room for a Nobel Prize for bloggers.

The nominating process wouldn’t be any different.

You’ll need a few different criteria to find the right blogger for a break through like Dylan made.

Will James Taylor get a Nobel? Will Paul McCartney? Mick Jagger?

You know Bruuuuuce will get one now. His new book almost ices that cake with Dylan’s help.

Following this line of reasoning, the Nobel Prize for Bloggers, the Nobel Lit Prize that includes bloggers, needs to go to a one man online show, a single writer blogger on a single author blog.

The Nobel Prize for bloggers needs a blogger who embraces the local in a universal way, who extends an open hand to help the world embrace a time and place beyond their own.

They should post about controversial subjects in a balanced and coherent fashion.

Addressing social ills and remedies with the right dose of hope and reality is a must.

More than anything, the first blogger to pick up a Nobel Prize for Literature needs to find a clear lane in an over crowded modern life and apply tried and true methods to prioritized pain.

Let that blogger step out of their mother’s basement.

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