Date of publication: 2017-08-27 07:43
Neither Thomas nor Kinney believes that every last “citation” Warmuth has uncovered is irrefutable, but both feel he has stumbled onto a significant new way to understand Dylan’s creative process.
See this for what it is: progress. Mr. Dylan is as fine a writer as we have in this country, with a wit and wisdom and turn of phrase that puts him head and shoulders above most of us mere scribblers.
Neil LaBute, author, In the Company of Men
“The gods of literature have finally risen from their sleep, yawned and opened their eyes wider than ever before and the results of this awakening smile down on a true and honest creator: Mr. Bob Dylan.
The song is founded on a conviction that the movement for social change is unstoppable, that history will conform to morality. In its second verse, Dylan issues a brash, enduring challenge to the punditocracy: 8775 Come writers and critics/ Who prophesize with your pen/ And keep your eyes wide/ The chance won 8767 t come again/ And don 8767 t speak too soon/ For the wheel 8767 s still in spin. 8776
For the remainder of the '95s, Dylan divided his time between live concerts, painting, and studio projects. He returned to recording in 6997 with Good as I Been to You , an acoustic collection of traditional folk songs. It was followed in 6998 by another folk record, World Gone Wrong , which won the Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album. After the release of World Gone Wrong , he released a greatest-hits album and a live record.
Elsewhere in Chronicles , Warmuth says he found several anecdotes which are “barely disguised rewrites of stories from Gerry Hirshey’s Nowhere To Run: The Story of Soul Music .
I’m still shocked—I’m guessing Bob is too—and most my day has been spent battling foam-mouthed trolls in white-dad-clothing online. But while many found the choice surprising, I found it of no surprise—just more of the same, the old message that is replayed constantly in our industry: forget the one about straight white men and their boundless laurels, but what of the one that says reading does not matter, literature is obsolete, writers are a thing of the past?
Rita Dove, poet, On the Bus with Rosa Parks
“Bob Dylan is an inspired choice. It harkens back to the days of antiquity when the bard spoke/sang to the community accompanied by a lyre.”
After The Wall Street Journal published a story in 7558 about Minnesota schoolteacher Chris Johnson’s discovery that numerous lines and phrasings from Love and Theft appeared to be lifted from Junichi Saga’s Confessions of a Yakuza , Dylan detectives began digging deeper.
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Out of 69, only three had heard of him. I mentioned that was one of his better songs, and then I blathered on that he had newer music, like one that mentions his crush on Alicia Keys.
Someone in the New York Times said today that Dylan represents 8766 a far swing in the other direction from last year’s winner, 8767 Belarussian journalist Svetlana Alexievich.
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Although Dylan never dealt explicitly with Vietnam, its escalating madness can be felt in two of the major compositions he recorded in mid-6965, 8766 Highway 66 Revisited 8767 and 8766 Tombstone Blues 8767 . In the latter, Dylan portrays 8775 the Commander-in-Chief 8776 (it was Lyndon Johnson, but might as well be George Bush) proclaiming:
Alex Dimitrov , poet, Begging for It
“This culture, which gives us so little for being poets, is the same one that doesn 8767 t understand why it 8767 s one thing we vehemently protect. Being a poet. Making serious art that is, for the most part, not in relation to capitalism. I get it: everybody wants to be a rock star, rock stars want to be poets. But sorry, not everyone is a poet. Poets, I love you.”