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new Dylan book... 1 Month ago  
I see there's a new Bob book, specifically focused on Time Out Of Mind - https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1839986778/expectingrain-20

I know it's pretty new but has anyone had a read? (Or know the writer? Or is it one of us, so to speak?) I couldn't help but be struck by the book's Amazon description, presumably written by the author, which I share here in full. It sounds like quite an epic...

Time Out of Mind is one of the most ambitious, complex, and provocative albums of Bob Dylanís distinguished artistic career. The present book interprets the songs recorded for Time Out of Mind as a series of dreams by a single singer/dreamer. These dreams overlap and intermingle, but three primary levels of meaning emerge. On one level, the singer/dreamer envisions himself as a killer awaiting execution for killing his lover. On another level, the song-cycle functions as religious allegory, dramatizing the protagonistís relentless struggles with his lover as a battle between spirit and flesh, earth and heaven, salvation and damnation. On still another level, Time Out of Mind is a meditation on American slavery and racism, Dylanís most personal encounter with the subject, but one tangled up in associations with the minstrelsy tradition and debates surrounding cultural appropriation. Time Out of Mind marks the culmination of several recurring themes that have preoccupied Dylan for decades, and it serves as a pivotal turning point toward his late renaissance in terms of both subject matter and intertextual approach.

Any thoughts?

(BTW, about the author: Graley Herren is a professor of english at Xavier University in Cincinnati. He has authored books on Samuel Beckett and Don DeLillo, and he is the editor of five volumes of the Text & Presentation book series.)
 
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