Dylan Pays the Ultimate Compliment

Musicians are well-known for borrowing, but Dylan may have done more than that in his Nobel lecture, delivered last week via video. Questions were raised when author Ben Greenman pointed out on his blog that one of the quotes Dylan attributes to Melville’s Moby Dick does not actually appear in that book. Further investigation by Andrea Pitzer on Slate reveals that quote and several other comments in the lecture are very similar to text in the SparkNotes ABOUT Moby Dick.

The press is having a field day with the story. ABC News quotes a Dylan lyric for their headline, “Was Dylan too freewheelin’ in borrowing for Nobel lecture?” Vanity Fair suggests that there may be more to it,  asking, “Is Bob Dylan Still Messing with the Swedish Academy?”

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