Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Nugget #107 -- Bob Dylan's Guide to Literature


Dylan told folk tales as well as Mark Twain ("The 
Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest" and "As I 
Went Out One Morning,") and literary short stories 
as well as Raymond Carver ("Sweetheart Like You" 
and "Like a Rolling Stone"). He has and will continue 
to confound and divide academics with songs are 
varied as "Ballad of a Thin Man," "Bob Dylan’s 
115th Dream," and "Maggie's Farm." And 
he captured the American cultural zeitgeist 
as well as Eliot's "The Wasteland" or anything 
by Ezra Pound with songs like "Desolation 
Row" and "Highway 61 Revisited."