Bob Dylan: Nobel Prize? Huh?
What would you do if you got a call saying you've won the Nobel Prize for literature?
I mean, you'd go nuts, right?
You'd shout it from the rooftops, at bus stops, at the office, in the shower. Then there's Bob Dylan, who last week really got that call.
The 75-year-old poet-troubadour didn't answer. Nor has he returned repeated calls from the Swedish Academy, its permanent secretary, Sara Danius, said in a radio interview on Monday, according to the Guardian.
Dylan isn't locked away in contemplation at a monastery: He gave concerts Thursday, the day the prize was announced, and Friday. He didn't mention the prize once.
Dylan has a history of not showing up to pick up awards, including the White House's National Medal of Arts award, which he won in 2009.
But this is the Nobel, dude!
"I have called and sent emails to his closest collaborator and received very friendly replies," Danius said with Scandinavian tact and politesse. "For now, that is certainly enough."
Colbert for president
Right, he's not running. But faux news pundit Stephen Colbert will be there to hold our collective hand on election night.
Showtime on Monday announced Colbert will anchor a live election-night special on the pay cable channel.
"It'll be all the political comedy you love from my CBS show," Colbert said, referring to The Late Show, "with all the swearing and nudity you love from Showtime."
Stephen Colbert's Live Election Night Democracy's Series Finale: Who's Going to Clean Up This S-? begins at 8 p.m. Nov. 8.
As I lay gossiping
Mary J. Blige's divorce may get nasty. Estranged hub Martin Isaacs has filed for temporary spousal support to the tune of $129,319 per month, says TMZ. Isaacs says during their 12-year marriage he got used to a certain lifestyle. . . . The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History in Washington needs to fix Dorothy's ruby slippers. Newsweek says the museum plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign Nov. 16 to raise money needed to restore its most popular artifact.