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am currently reading chronicles, by mr. bobby dylan, for the second time. am really pleased with myself for recognizing said book as a book that is worth reading (at least) twice. am not surprised i didn’t retain anything the first time i read it, sitting on an airplane next to a smelly coughing man (a good friend is now engaged to a guy she met on a plane; i, however, am perpetually the seatmate of someone sick, stinky, or both).

anyway.

page 34-35,

and songs, to me, were more important than just light entertainment. they were my preceptor and guide into some altered consciousness of reality, some different republic, some liberated republic. greil marcus, the music historian, would some thirty years later call it “the invisible republic.” whatever the case, it wasn’t that i was anti-popular culture or anything and i had no ambition to stir things up. i just thought of mainstream culture as lame as hell and a big trick. it was like the unbroken sea of frost that lay outside the window and you had to have awkward footgear to walk on it.

POPULAR CULTURE REALLY DOES REQUIRE AWKWARD FOOTGEAR.

anyway.

it’s a really good book, especially if you are a young singer-songwriter trying to make it in new york, but also if you are an old non-musical californian just looking for something good to read.

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some highlights: bob dylan lists every musical artist to ever influence him, ever; bob dylan explains why he avoids straight answers when being questioned by the press; bob dylan shares his thoughts on great literature; bob dylan attempts to compose a musical score for theatre, and fails; bob dylan uses lush imagery and is a really wonderful writer.

[ stefanie ]

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if you find yourself in manhattan before 17 january, make sure to swing by danziger projects (521 west 26th street). the current exhibition, sander’s children, explores photography by and inspired by august sander, a really fantastic fellow who lived and worked in cologne in the first half of the 20th century.

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( august sander / girl in a caravan / 1930 )

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( richard avedon / bob dylan / new york city, 1965 )

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( milton rogovin / untitled / from the lower west side, 1969-1973 )

when every creative venture feels like a distilled version of something that someone else did first (these days), we really enjoy an art show that doesn’t try to treat pastiche as a secret. that, and the photos are really great, and galleries are a nice free alternative to museums (but make sure you don’t go on a monday or tuesday, when visits are by appointment only).

if you don’t find yourself in new york anytime soon, it is still very worthwhile to check out owner james danziger’s blog, the year in pictures. it is nice, to feel like an art world insider at times.

[ stefanie ]

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