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Thread #160763   Message #3816485
Posted By: Steve Shaw
25-Oct-16 - 02:07 PM
Thread Name: Bob Dylan: Nobel laureate
Subject: RE: Bob Dylan: Nobel laureate
It's this rather strange concept of "getting it" that I don't get. 😉 It implies some kind of lack. Well in my case (and, whilst not wishing to blow my own trumpet, I don't think I'm an illiterate sort of chap), I've listened to a lot of his stuff, especially in the earlier years when my best mate at school shoved Dylan down my throat somewhat, and came to the conclusion that much of his literary output is somewhat unconnected, rambling and incoherent, too frequently with no real effort to communicate but leaving us with a jumbled mess of words to try to sort out, the literary equivalent of Tracey Emin's unmade bed. That doesn't preclude the possibility that there might be some merit in some of it, but what he does isn't what artists do. Perhaps "not getting it" means not having the patience to engage with someone who doesn't seem to be that bothered about anyone else, who puts little value on the concept of transaction.