Nobel Academy Member Calls Bob Dylan's Silence "Arrogant"

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The academy says it has failed to reach Dylan since the award announcement on Oct. 13.

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A member of the Swedish academy that awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature to Bob Dylan says the U.S. singer-songwriter's silence since receiving the honor is "impolite and arrogant."

Per Wastberg said Dylan's lack of reaction was predictable, but disrespectful nonetheless. He was quoted telling the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter in Saturday's edition: "One can say that it is impolite and arrogant. He is who he is."

Wastberg said the academy still hopes to communicate with the 75-year-old artist, whose award credits him with creating "new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."

The academy says it has failed to reach Dylan since the award announcement Oct. 13. The award was mentioned on Dylan's official Twitter and Facebook accounts.

According to The Guardian, Dylan's personal website removed its mention of the award. The nod on Dylan's site was brief, stating only "winner of the Nobel prize in literature" on the "Lyrics" page of the site, yet even that small blurb was removed.

The prize will be conferred officially Dec. 10 in Stockholm.

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