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January 19, 2009


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I doubt it, Lawrence -- because "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll" has remained a staple of Dylan's live shows from the '60s through to this day.

Incidentally, Simon neglected to mention in his article that Zantzinger faced criminal charges again in the 1990s for renting a bunch of appalling rural shacks -- lacking heat, running water, even outhouses -- to poor black people. Better yet, he did not even own these shacks on which he collected rent, the state having confiscated the property years earlier for housing code violations.

Charlotte Bronte said of Jane Austen that her books were very real -- more real than true. And I would say that Dylan might not have told the "real" story of Hattie Carroll's death, but he got the truth about William Zantzinger exactly right.

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"After You've Gone"
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of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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