Bob Dylan has been awarded a special music citation.
Dylan's citation noted his "profound impact on popular music and American culture."
Okay, I've asked this of pretty much everyone I know: What makes Bob Dylan great? Seriously. Nobody yet has managed to make me like Dylan's music; I can hang with some of his lyrics, and the stuff the Byrds covered. But I've never been able to get into his music.
I'm being serious. Convince me.
[Edit, 4:46 p.m.: My original post seemed flippant, and I didn't mean it to be. I'm genuinely interested in why Dylan resonates with so many people. I tend to joke about it, but the idea that an artist such as himself would win a Pulitzer blows my mind, in the best possible way. Music now is so profoundly different from when Dylan began his career -- and a large part is because of him. The comment below by "dick phorr" was thoughtful and engaging, addressing the idea of Dylan as a cultural icon and revolutionary figure. That's fascinating to me. I'd love to hear more.]
-- Annie Zaleski