Saturday, November 13, 2010

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Half a week's thoughts. I want to communicate something here on the blog but don't seem to have the inclination to sit and write so it is on with my cryptic parenthetical ways. The must read article of the week is an NYRB discussion of a couple of Dylan books. Great reflections on his changes over the years - and Dylan comes out sounding like someone who continues to think and engage his art, faith, life, and the world in general in impressive ways. The article is definitely worth a read.

Big Issue: “The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.” I don’t want to put you on the spot, but you sure deliver that song like a true believer.
Bob Dylan: Well, I am a true believer.

And Lincoln's ability to change his mind articulately is deeply impressive. He only articulated full emancipation for slaves towards the end of his life. How did he remain passionately alert to the changes in his own mind and heart as well as to what was happening in the nation? I had not thought about (or maybe even been aware of this) before reading the NYRB review.

I think this looks like John Howard Yoder - trying to get our attention in a week in which a nation shrugs off torture as no big deal once again.

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