Bob Dylan has long thrived on being enigmatic, so maybe the sound of crickets from his corner ever since last week's announcement that he had been honored with the Nobel Prize for Literature shouldn't have been any mystery.
But as Pitchfork and others now report, the iconic singer/songwriter actually called the Swedish Academy several days ago to accept the prestigious award as the only musician ever to have received it.
The Nobel Foundation said that Dylan told the Academy's Sara Danius: "The news about the Nobel Prize left me speechless."
Ah, that explains it.
Dylan, 75, finally broke his public silence on the matter in an article published Saturday in The Telegraph, saying he "absolutely" hoped to be at December's awards ceremony in Stockholm "if it's at all possible."
"Isn't that something?" Dylan said, asked by the British newspaper about the honor while he was on tour in Oklahoma. "It's hard to believe."
The singer's initial silence had been termed "impolite and arrogant" by a Nobel committee member.