Philip Glass, winner of 2016 Tribune Literary Award, reflects on a life well composed – Chicago Tribune

Philip Glass finds it a nifty coincidence that both he and Bob Dylan won major literary prizes this year — remarkable, considering that neither American music icon considers himself a writer.

Glass, 79, is the 2016 winner of the Chicago Tribune Literary Award, the Tribune announced in August. Last month the Swedish Academy announced it was awarding Dylan, 75, the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature.

“I was so happy for him,” Glass said by phone from his home in New York. “Considering song lyrics from a literary point of view may be unprecedented on the part of the Nobel people. He didn’t turn his poetry into books — he turned it into songs. I don’t know Bob Dylan personally at all, but I’ve always kept an eye on what he was doing, how he navigated the music business and how much he learned from other people.

“I’ve always learned from a lot of other people myself,” he added.

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