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by Kevin Coupe

This morning's Eye-Opener has nothing to do with business. It is just a piece of happy, unexpected news ... that Bob Dylan has been named the winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, for what the Swedish Academy said was “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."

The New York Times writes this morning that Dylan is "the first American to win since the novelist Toni Morrison, in 1993," and that he was considered a long shot for the prize since his work "does not fit into the traditional literary canons of novels, poetry and short stories that the prize has traditionally recognized."

I just think this is the coolest thing, since it honors a quintessentially American artist of enduring influence. It made my morning, and like so many of his songs and lyrics, it is an Eye-Opener.

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, and how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind...

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