Woot! Bob Dylan is awarded the Nobel prize for literature! The man who was once called "Judas" by an angry fan has been a much-discussed dark horse of the prize for a long time - there are never any official shortlists of names given out by the Academy and he's mostly been seen as a fringe name. Few people thought he would ever be given it and there's no doubt going to be some mixed reactions, not least in English-speaking countries I guess.
Personally I think it's a very good choice, and an exciting one. He's not just a great songwriter but an amazing poet, and the intricate skill of his words comes through even separated from the music. And he really is one of the essential voices of the modern world. They could have made it a shared award with Leonard Cohen, the other "grand old man" of 1960s singer-songwriterdom and just as good a poet and singer, but I think they have dropped the practice of ever sharing the literature prize between two authors belonging in the same field in some sense.
Edit: The culture and literature department at the leading local daily around here are mostly negative, one sixty-year old critic (supposedly a heavyweight, but not in my eyes) going as far as calling it "a depressing choice" and a "pointless Trumpification" of the prize. Nevermind.