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May 28, 2011

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Andy's a wonderful writer - except when it comes to Dylan. His love is too pronounced to be expressed coherently; he becomes a teenage girl with an autograph book. There are worst failings.

The exception is his worrying at Visions of Johanna, in Bob Dylan's Back Pages. It's a beautiful delineation of the song as Dylan on the trail of his will-o'-the-wisp muse.

For what it's worth, I consider The Basement Tapes the single greatest cultural artifact of the 20th century - but I also quite like Peanuts.

Always enjoy your blog and its very particular cultural slant.

You see, this is what I don't get. "I really, really like Bob Dylan" seems fine. "Bob Dylan is the greatest singer-songwriter of the second half of the 20th century" - well, there's room for argument, but it's certainly not a completely wacky point of view. "I consider The Basement Tapes the single greatest cultural artifact of the 20th century": no, hang on, what are you saying? Surely I misheard.

Ah well: agree to differ, I suppose.

I'm very pleased you like the blog, although what you call a very particular slant, I like to think of as purely objective commentary on the central issues of the day. Is that always your email address or did you make it up just for the purposes of making Dylan-related comments on blogs? Cheerio.

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