Wow. Just wow. This morning, the Nobel committee announced that they are awarding the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature to Bob Dylan "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." Wonderful news (though, if I am completely honest, my preferences lie with Leonard Cohen over Bob Dylan). Never mind. He is a fantastic artist, and representative of a very specific - and extraordinarily rich and varied - art form, the 'American song tradition'. Great to see this art form - one that is accessible to all, and has allowed the poor as well as the rich to express themselves - and one that has been used to explore in extraordinary depth the human condition, and describe and explore life as it is often lived in those poorer, darker, meaner places, internally, geographically and socially - recognised and saluted by the Nobel Committee. And great to see a true artist - one who has influenced his art form every bit as much as he has influenced his society - also receive this recognition. Bravo, Bob Dylan (and the Nobel Committee). Well done and congratulations.