Dylan Wins Pulitzer Prize: A Solitary and Beautiful Mind

Dylan Wins Pulitzer Prize: A Solitary and Beautiful Mind

I paid the price of solitude
But at least I’m out of debt.

Bob Dylan, Dirge

Bob Dylan Named a Pulitzer Prize Winner

Bob Dylan was named a Pulitzer Prize Winner on Monday, April 7, 2008. A Special Citation was awarded to Dylan for his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.

Bob Dylan: i Is Another

I’m Not There is a visionary rendering of Dylan’s life and music that is as bold as possible, while never pretentious. It takes Dylan’s songs and the biographic details that we know of his life and mashes them up. Fevered interpretations resonate against one another to create an experience that is more like tumbling within the whirlpool of one of Dylan’s kaleidoscopic songs than watching anything remotely like a biographical movie. At its best, which is quite often, I’m Not There summons the sensation of what it must have been like to live in Dylan’s skin at crucial moments in his life. Simultaneously, the film makes it undeniable at every moment that you are watching a cinematic interpretation of “Dylan,” not the man himself.

At a certain point, Dylan as a solitary figure, extraordinarily beautiful and yet so alone, seems to hold the essence of I’m Not There, which takes its name from a song that is also, almost, “not there.” Toward the end of the movie we hear that song, which Dylan recorded with the Band in the summer of 1967. Its half-finished lyric is impenetrable and exquisite. Dylan’s delivery is garbled yet assertive, peppered with made-up words and seeming disconnections that ultimately shape themselves into a whole that’s both elusive and achingly complete. Regardless of how much you may already know about him, I’m Not There deepens and humanizes your understanding of Dylan.

A Bob Dylan Tribute: I’m Not There

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One Response to “Dylan Wins Pulitzer Prize: A Solitary and Beautiful Mind”

  1. Tom Grasty Says:

    I was totally taken aback by this announcement regarding Dylan and Pulitzer. But certainly well deserved.

    I don’t know if you were reporting on the news (and good news it is) or are actually a fan, but if you are then I thought I’d introduce you to my new novel, BLOOD ON THE TRACKS, which I think you’d enjoy.

    It’s a murder-mystery. But not just any rock superstar is knocking on heaven’s door. The murdered rock legend is none other than Bob Dorian, an enigmatic, obtuse, inscrutable, well, you get the picture…

    Suspects? Tons of them. The only problem is they’re all characters in Bob’s songs.

    You can get a copy on Amazon.com or go “behind the tracks” at http://www.bloodonthetracksnovel.com to learn more about the book.


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