In mid-October the Nobel Committee revealed that Bob Dylan had declined to respond after it was announced he’d won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. On 10.28 The Guardian‘s Edna Gundersen wrote that when she’d asked if he’d be attending, Dylan replied, “Absolutely, if it’s at all possible.” On Saturday night (12.10) the Nobel ceremony happened in Stockholm, and Dylan wasn’t there. It wasn’t because of his concert schedule, which is finished for the year. At least he sent Patti Smith to represent him. (She did a great job singing “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall.”) And he wrote a speech.