Will be incommunicado for a couple of days. Don’t go too crazy.
If you haven’t seen it, the complete text of the Douglas Brinkley / Bob Dylan interview, as originally published in the print version of Rolling Stone and later in the U.K. Sunday Times, is available at this link. I have to assume that website has permission to publish it.
One quote we haven’t already covered here: (… continue reading …)
The line that has inspired Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh to say, bluntly, that yes, President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor, is genuinely racist, is this one: “… I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.” Her defenders’ quick response is that the line is taken out of context. Well, let’s give it some context. A much longer quote from the 2001 lecture in which she made that remark is here: (… continue reading …)
Monday, May 25, 2009
Searching For A Soldier’s Grave, performed by Hank Williams on his radio show, circa 1951: (… continue reading …)
Sunday, May 24, 2009
… to Bob Dylan, officially 68 today, and never looked better. Now, get off the internet and go blow out some candles, Bob.
Friday, May 22, 2009
The headline from Haaretz describes the results of a survey conducted in Israel: ’1 in 4 Israelis would consider leaving country if Iran gets nukes’. (… continue reading …)
This post has been moved to The Cinch Review. Click the following link: President Barack Obama and the Right to Trial.
RWB has exchanged a few e-mails with a reader named Jason who — I think it’s fair to say — doesn’t much agree with me on political matters, but has been curious about some issues relating to Dylan. A recent e-mail presented a list of questions, and it seemed to me that it justified a post. (… continue reading …)
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Richard B. Cheney, like Bob Dylan, was born “the year they bombed Pearl Harbor.” And he too is still out there on the road, unsentimental about this world of darkness, but unwilling to roll over for it either. And for that I think all Americans ought to be grateful.
His speech today at AEI was a knockout. It was a reminder of why — despite the eventual cost of not having a chosen successor to run in 2008 — George W. Bush’s first decision as a presidential candidate (to pick Dick Cheney as his V.P.) was an excellent one, and one which made his administration stronger. (That first decision is often very telling.) (… continue reading …)
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Thanks to Jay for the link to Douglas Brinkley’s appearance on “On Point with Tom Ashbrook”, from National Public Radio.
The show is 48 minutes, so listen to it if you have the appetite. I picked a part in the middle as being worthy of a little transcription: (… continue reading …)
The story is told via the links on Expecting Rain this morning. A variety of mainstream news outlets are reporting on the auction taking place at Christie’s in New York, which includes some items of Bob Dylan memorabilia. The one which really made the news is a handwritten lyric from 1957, entitled Little Buddy. (… continue reading …)
Sunday, May 17, 2009
A fine Ring Them Bells from a 2000 performance in Dublin:
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