At least I hope you do. I’m moving all regular operations over to my other website, The Cinch Review. It will now include a category I’m calling Dylanosophy (about halfway down the home page); to be different, and because it probably better describes the best of whatever it is I do in that regard (i.e. better than the term Dylanology). I’m doing this because (a) it’s long past time to put all my internet scribblings in one place and (b) my motivation to comment on everything happening in the Dylan universe is just not strong enough to justify this venue any more. Too often I would be repeating myself, which I don’t like to do — it’s all in the archives somewhere, and I don’t have any plans to take down the archives (although I’ll probably move a few items over to the new spot). I’d like to do Dylan-related things only when I have something to say, rather than trying to keep up-to-date for no other reason than keeping up-to-date.
I’m enormously and sincerely grateful for all the eyeballs and support I’ve received here, and I hope whatever bizarre mix of things I continue to launch into the ether will meet your fancy in one way or another.
Goodbye is too good a word, so I’ll just say … bookmark this!
- Everybody Knows (Starting with the N.S.A.)
- Smoking (and John Malkovich) Saves a Life
- Twilight Zone for Dog Lovers
- Review of Koss PortaPro Headphones
- Time, Prayer and God: Heschel
- Hook, Line and Singer: A Singalong Book by Cerys Matthews
- Review of the SanDisk Sansa Clip MP3 Player (4GB)
- (Sitting Out) God Bless America
- The Warrior Transition Brigade Service Dog Training Program
- Among the Bravest
- Bob Dylan at 72 (Finally Acting His Age)
- Angels of Woolwich
- Calon Lân / A Pure Heart
- Oklahoma Tornado
- Steyn does Abba; Agnetha tries a comeback
- Dissembling for Dummies: A Lesson from Prime Minister Erdogan
- Dog and Human Genomes Evolving Together
- P.S. I Love You – Frank Sinatra
- Kermit Gosnell, Philadelphia mass murderer, gets life in prison
- “The Next Day” – David Bowie Video Controversy
- Bob Dylan and the Légion d’honneur award
- Freedom Tower Spire Takes its Place in the New York Skyline
- Something’s Burning, Baby – Bob Dylan
- Suicidal Trends in the U.S.
- Review of Tom Jones: Spirit in the Room
- George Jones’ funeral to be open to the public
- George Jones, Now Resting in Peace
- One Penny Might Kill a Pooch
- Imagine No Possessions
- The King of Love My Shepherd Is
- Questions avoided and answers evaded
- Mayhem in Watertown and Boston
- At a Bend of the River, Driftin’ Too Far from Shore
- Carnage at the Boston Marathon
- Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Don McLean, Joni Mitchell: Anti-Communist Agents?
- Bob Dylan concert film, from Massey Hall, Toronto, 1980
- Gwahoddiad – I Hear Thy Welcome Voice – Arglwydd Dyma Fi
- Executed infants
- Jacques Levy on collaborating with Bob Dylan on Desire
- Wade in the Water
- A blind husky and his mixed terrier guide dog
- Why Worry
- Pressing On
- A review of Bushmills Irish Whiskey
- A review of Jameson Irish Whiskey
- A review of Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey
- Pope Francis of Buenos Aires
- Photos of New York City past
- Ron Sexsmith: Forever Endeavor (Review)
- Cwm Rhondda – Bread of Heaven – Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer
- Review of Too Many Cooks (a Nero Wolfe novel) by Rex Stout
- Cwm Rhondda – Bread of Heaven – Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer
- Too Many Cooks (a Nero Wolfe novel) by Rex Stout
- Spontaneous human combustion in Oklahoma?
- Tom Jones and a towering “Tower of Song”
- Edward I. Koch, 1924 – 2013
- 84-year-old patient in “vegetative” state responds to stimuli
- Review of the E-Ware 1.4L Ultrasonic Humidifier
- The mini ice age cometh
- Bob Dylan to play Wales in honor of Dylan Thomas?
- The first and the last in Phillipsburg, New Jersey
- Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
- Downton Abbey
- David Bowie: “Where Are We Now?”
- Public Health Advisory
- Music as prayer (featuring Abraham Joshua Heschel and Harry Secombe)
- Another home garden against the law
- (Review) Cerys Matthews: Baby, It’s Cold Outside
- Merry Christmas, you beasts
- Fairytale of New York
- Thoughts on Sandy Hook Elementary
- Song for the season (“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”)
- Review of “A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra”
- Dogs “pass driving test” in New Zealand (and notes on the value of mutts)
- Advent musings
- Dogs driving cars, for real (with video)
- Leonard Cohen: “Amen” and “Come Healing”
- “Revisionist Art” by Bob Dylan at the Gagosian Gallery in New York
- Carol Singing and Tree Lighting on Park Avenue in New York City
- Celebration versus entertainment: more Abraham Joshua Heschel (from “Who Is Man?”)
- A review of Fleischmann’s Gin (and some general notes on gin)
- Washed away but holding on
- Abraham Joshua Heschel on happiness (from “Who Is Man?”)
- Veterans Day 2012 in New York: Honoring Military Working Dogs
- Rock of Ages – Bob Dylan
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Britain’s Telegraph reports that the Chinese government is in fact reviewing the planned Bob Dylan concerts in Beijing and Shanghai, slated to take place in April. As the writer, Martin Chilton, points out, the April 6th and April 8th gigs gigs in mainland China do not appear on the tour dates listed on the official BobDylan.com website. However, they have been listed for some time as confirmed dates on the unofficial but traditionally very reliable site run by Bill Pagel.
Interestingly, the official site also does not list the gigs in Taipei (Taiwan) on April 3rd, or in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on April 10th. (The show in Hong Kong on April 12th is listed on both sites.)
Last year, proposed dates in mainland China did not come off, although I don’t recall that they ever had achieved “confirmed” status on Bill Pagel’s website, leaving the possibility that the business aspects never really gelled. Mr. Chilton observes: (… continue reading …)
- Bob Dylan to hit China?
- A spine-chilling Forgetful Heart from Bob Dylan in Milwaukee
- Life and life only
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
It’s being reported that Pete Seeger, the 92 year-old folk/protest singer, has now joined the BDS movement. Some of you might say: “Well, I’m not really surprised that Pete Seeger would have Bush Derangement Syndrome, but isn’t this a bit tardy on his part?” Unfortunately, this BDS is even worse than that one. It stands for “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions,” and is all about ostracizing, punishing and ultimately destroying the state of Israel.
Even on the flagship website for the movement, you will have a hard time finding what it is — specifically speaking — that Israel would have to do to satisfy the Boycott/Divestment/Sanction folks. In the end, while it begins with a call for “self-determination” for Palestinians (about which Israel has openly been willing to negotiate for years, but lacking a willing partner) the goals are designed to be amorphous, so that the “movement” can just continue until Israel is completely gone. And so it’s just another iteration of the oldest hatred in the world. (… continue reading …)
- A commercial message: Fight the boycott
- On the fiftieth birthday of the Newport Folk Festival
- The war of isolation against Israel
Just a passage from Abraham Joshua Heschel’s deeply inspiring book, Man Is Not Alone.
God is unwilling to be alone, and man cannot forever remain impervious to what He longs to show. Those of us who cannot keep their striving back find themselves at times within the sight of the unseen and become aglow with its rays. Some of us blush, others wear a mask. Faith is a blush in the presence of God.
Some of us blush, others wear a mask which veils spontaneous sensitivity to the holy ineffable dimension of reality. We all wear so much mental make-up, we have almost forfeited our face. But faith only comes when we stand face to face — the ineffable in us with the ineffable beyond us — suffer ourselves to be seen, to commune, to receive a ray and to reflect it. But to do that the soul must be alive within the mind.
Responsiveness to God cannot be copied; it must be original with every soul. Even the meaning of the divine is not grasped when imposed by a doctrine, when accepted by hearsay. It only enters our vision when leaping like a spark from the anvil of the mind, hammered and beaten upon by trembling awe.
I noted that particular passage for its (pre-)echo of Dylan’s concept of humans as beings who go around wearing masks, as in his 2004 film.However, it is soaring and galvanizing writing irrespective of any potential Dylan links. And every page of the book is like that. Quite amazing.
During his recent performance at the Grammys, Bob Dylan was wearing a pair of two-tone, black and white shoes, which caught the eyes of many viewers. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen him wear them before, whether on stage or in some publicity photo, but I can’t be specific. Since then, I came across a similar pair of shoes somewhere else; namely, in the episode of Kojak embedded from Hulu.com below. It’s from 1974. (… continue reading …)
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