It’s an altogether different thing from William Faulkner’s great speech or Ernest Hemingway’s speech, but it’s powerful and it’s a Nobel Prize acceptance speech as only Bob Dylan could deliver one. A few minutes into listening to this, I thought that Dylan was changing our expectation of what such a speech would be and he was changing the vocabulary we use to communicate it. This acceptance might be a preview of what public oratory can and should become.

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