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Thread #160763   Message #3825931
Posted By: Steve Shaw
12-Dec-16 - 05:17 AM
Thread Name: Bob Dylan: Nobel laureate
Subject: RE: Bob Dylan: Nobel laureate
I could say "don't bother reading "em at all," but then I know what would happen - you'd remind me of that ould Guinness ad that said "I've never tried it and I don't like it!"

If an artist's work isn't communicating, or at least not without a gargantuan effort on the recipient's part, how is the confrontation between artist and layperson going to be achieved? How does anyone know that it's art? Is it really supposed to be reserved for the ultra-refined aficionado?   By the way, I never said that art should be "easy," or even MADE easy, just that there has to be a transaction involved. Fine by me if the artist manages it by by accident. What I'm against is deliberate obstacle-making. That just makes me suspect that the barrier is betraying a hidden emptiness behind the facade. Was Joyce doing that, or was he turning his book into a greater work of art by giving us a struggle? Do we over-interpret? We could argue all day about Joyce but we don't need to be spending all that time on a songsmith who deals largely in near-doggerel. Wouldn't mind betting that he'd agree with that himself.