How many calls must the Nobel committee make before they can call Bob Dylan an attendee?
The network says Sara Danius, who heads the academy behind the Nobel Prize, told Swedish state radio on Monday Dylan has not responded to calls and emails, although "his closest collaborator" has sent "friendly replies."
As The Guardian explains, a banquet is held in Stockholm every Dec. 10, where Nobel Prize winners typically receive the award in person from the King of Sweden and give a speech.
Dylan's silence means the Minnesota native has not RSVP'd.
Are the Nobel folks worried? Not at all.
"I think he will show up," Danius reportedly told radio SR, adding “If he doesn’t want to come, he won’t come. It will be a big party in any case and the honor belongs to him.”
Dylan, 75, is currently on tour (as he has been for most of the past 28 years, The Guardian notes) but he has no shows scheduled after Nov. 23, which may leave an opening for a Scandinavian swing in December.