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Dylan’s JFK song is dizzy, Miss Lizzie


Swamp Rabbit wanted to know what was the big deal about “Murder Most Foul,” the Bob Dylan song about the John F. Kennedy assassination that he wrote years ago but didn’t release until now, when the country’s mood is arguably … Continue reading

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Patti Smith to young artists: Brush your teeth


I was under-whelmed by Patti Smith’s landmark debut album Horses (1975), mostly because her voice was a mess and because I thought punk rock, stylistically, was a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing musical. But Smith wasn’t a punk … Continue reading

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Tom Wolfe’s works will live on! Really!!!


After hearing Tom Wolfe had died, I thought of that scene in The Bonfire of the Vanities where master of the universe Sherman McCoy, under arrest, is paraded past reporters with Styrofoam peanuts clinging to his expensive suit. …They were … Continue reading

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Pistol-packing pol doesn’t mind dying


Now the senator came down here/Showing everyone his gun… — Bob Dylan, “Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again” This guy isn’t a senator. He’s Rep. Ralph Norman, and he is fast, fast on the draw. So fast … Continue reading

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Dylan’s reaction to the big prize was… Dylanesque


“Philip Roth just bought an acoustic guitar.” That’s what novelist Tom Perrotta, author of The Leftovers, posted on Facebook soon after it was announced that Bob Dylan had won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Perrotta was either taking a shot … Continue reading

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Virginia Woolf almost does the Super Bowl


Most years, I persuade a famous novelist to write a 500-word recap of the Super Bowl — Dostoyevski and Faulkner, among others, have donned their sportswriters’ caps to appear in this space — but this year Virginia Woolf phoned at … Continue reading

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‘Ever-so-gentle rabble-rouser’ Pete Seeger dies


I was away from the swamp, stealing potatoes at the local Super Fridge, when I heard about Pete Seeger. This will be a rough day, I thought. Swamp Rabbit is an old leftie with a soft spot for New Deal-influenced … Continue reading

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‘The Next Day’ a surprise gift to Bowie fans


David Bowie’s low visibility in recent years led to rumors he might be dying, or simply too bored to record again. At some point, he got over his ennui, if that’s what it was, and began working on The Next … Continue reading

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Regarding Dylan’s latest award


[I posted the following on Suburban Guerrilla Thursday and felt compelled to post it here today after seeing the bizarre video of Bob Dylan, bobbing from side to side onstage, looking like he got off at the wrong bus stop, … Continue reading

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Remind me again


You got my attention Go ahead, speak What was it you wanted When you were kissin’ my cheek? The lyrics are from “What Was It You Wanted,” on Oh Mercy! (1989), produced by Daniel Lanoir, who arguably helped pull Bob … Continue reading

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