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April 24, 2012

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Larry, this is one of the best things you've written on Dylan. It makes much more sense than Ron Rosenbaum's thesis. I think the Ginsberg quote is indeed the linchpin for any discussion of Dylan's psyche. And you nailed the importance of theater and film as director, screenwriter and actor in his method.

Thanks so much for your kind words, Lee. I really appreciate what you had to say.

Larry

Mr. Epstein, I would like to contact you. I am the press officer of the Jewish Museum Vienna
info@jmw.at

Larry, just finished reading all of your "Dylan Watch Articles" and found them intriguing in that you, and, judging from the thousand s who still attend BD's Concerts, many others, myself included, are still trying to figure out who and what Bob Dylan really is.

He is definately the "Secretariat" of human beings!

Are you familiar with the role Methusela played in the bible?

The Noah's flood was held off until Methusela died, which, in God's mercy, meant Methusela lived to be the oldest man in history.

Bob Dylan, to me, may be like today's Methusela, the day he passes away will mark the beginning of the end - just a thought!

Thanks for your comments, Isaac. I think you're quite right about the day of Dylan's death being a cultural marker. I have a feeling his greatness inhibits people and may for some time.

Larry,
I didn't mean Bob's passing would be a "cultural" marker, which it would be to some.
I meant Bob's existence, his body of work's existence, like the biblical prophets, are somehow ordained by God. How? And for what reason? I haven't anything but a deep inkling to go on, but I somehow get the feeling when Bob passes away, EVERYONE will want to go!

The prophet Bob strides an empty highway
followed by the ghosts of voices he sings.

It's fun reading this actors being alientaed by themselves. I appreciate Lawrence playful skill in twisting plots in the story.

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