The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.
"Romance in Durango" by Bob Dylan
Since I started paying closer attention to this album a few years ago, I’ve come to think of it as his most international album. No wonder, what with all of the references to foreign countries, exotic instruments, and, in this song, some non-English lyrics.
However, with two of my classes currently examining Imperialism, I wonder how this album would stand up to a Post-Imperial criticism. In other words, what would Edward Said and Chinua Achebe think of an album of love and adventure songs set in foreign lands? Would they be upset that Bob Dylan, activist/poet/songwriter chose to ignore the plight of the poor and downtrodden of those areas and chose instead to use their homes merely as backdrops?
Someday, when I have time, maybe I’ll work up something more formal.
yeah tell me more jenny
People who are most afraid of their dreams convince themselves they don’t dream at all.
John Steinbeck in The Winter of Our Discontent, published on June 23, 1961.
Song: “Constantine’s Dream” by Patti Smith