The Times They Are A Changin! Bob Dylan has been awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. The singer and songwriter won the award for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” in the words of the Swedish Academy. He is the first American to win since the novelist Toni Morrison, in 1993. The announcement came as something of a surprise. Although the 75-year old has been mentioned often as having an outside shot at the prize, his work doesn’t fit the traditional literary canons of novels, poetry and short stories that the prize has traditionally recognized. Dylan now joins the likes of Rudyard Kipling, William Faulkner and John Steinbeck. What an honor.