Sunday, July 23, 2017

Bob everlasting …

… forgive me, the times they are a-changin’. He is now 76, and the work is being understood as a whole. This is the beginning of a pre-postmortem period in which, as Auden said after the death of Yeats, he becomes his admirers. His genius is out of his control and that of his fans. In fact, there is no such thing as a Dylan fan base, any more than there’s a Matisse fan base or a Dickens fan base. He’s just out there, untouchable by the changing times.

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