In the Huffington Post, Erica Jong tells her readers that Hillary Clinton is a beaver and Barack Obama is a stallion. I’m not making it up; it’s in her column entitled “Why Am I So Afraid” , where she makes a plea for her fellow Democrats to embrace both of them.
(Dylan connection: One of Bob’s funniest rhymes, I think, is the one in Highlands, where he rhymes “way wrong” with “Erica Jong,” in his conversation with the demanding waitress. )
A much less disturbing animal story is the one of Nubs, another lucky pooch from Iraq, adopted by an American serviceman and shipped to the United States through the generosity of friends. From SignOnSanDiego.com:
[Marine Maj. Brian] Dennis met Nubs in al-Anbar province where the dog ran wild at an Iraqi border fort. When Nubs was a puppy, an Iraqi sliced off most of his ears in an attempt to make the dog tough and more alert. Hence, the name Nubs.
Another time, Nubs was stabbed with a screwdriver, and Dennis nursed him back to health.
When Dennis’ unit, the Border Transition Team, moved camp 70 miles away, Nubs somehow tracked them to their new location two days later. It was against the rules to keep the dog in camp, and friends jumped in to bring Nubs to San Diego.
“Once he found us there, it seemed like this was supposed to have happened,” Dennis said. “After he walked all that distance, it seemed like he was supposed to end up in San Diego.”
Welcome to the U.S.A., Nubs.
Getting back to the subject of rhymes and Bob Dylan — in this case not those written by him, but those read by him — Fred at the Dreamtime blog compiles many of the poetry readings from Bob’s “Theme Time Radio Hour” show in a podcast you can access at this link. Nice work.