Friday, February 17, 2017
Bob Dylan, quoted
Bob Dylan's friends and family have a tendency to protect his privacy, and it is rare for personal news or unguarded quotes from or about him to slip out into the public eye. This places me in a unique position. I have no compunction about quoting the man. It is not enmity. Bob is dear to me. I'm simply not interested in playing along with all that mythologizing silence.
And so I offer this vignette from yesterday:
As usual we're having a drink.
Messing about with his phone Bob lets out a groan. "Aw geez, why are you quoting me in the press again?"
"Do you have to check your phone for quotes about yourself when we're trying to have a civilized drink together, Mr. Tambourine man?"
He laughs. I will say this for the man, no matter how funny he might think a joke I make is he'll do everything in his power not to laugh at it, but if the joke's about him he doesn't mind letting out a snort. "Don't change the subject." He says.
"I've run the numbers." I explain. "I average seven more readers for every blog post in which I quote you."
"Clown." He says. Then he hoists his cocktail glass in my direction, a very pretty drink called an Aviation, made with crème de violette.
Lifting my own I say "Weirdo genius."
We clink glasses.