Friday, October 13, 2023



A reader writes in to say:

It feels like it has been a while since you did one of those "Drinks with Bob Dylan" posts. Those are my favorites.

To which I respond here, before everyone, saying:

Even the most famous people in the world are just regular people like you or me. Everyone craves attention and praise, but also rejects it.

So, thanks for writing in, Bob. 

But, also to my point: At the front desk of my library, in a 9 x 12 Plexiglas frame, I keep a rotating collection of my trick photography pictures- lions in the library, crashed alien spaceships in the entryway, elephants marching out of the kid's room, and so on. These are popular. They stop people in their tracks. Small children visit them regularly and wonder over them. People with intellectual disabilities beg for copies and collect them like trading cards. Old men gaze at them for long, unbroken minutes. People ask, astonished, "Is that real?"

My colleagues are eager to pass these people over to me. "The person who knows a little bit about that is sitting right over there!" They offer like I'm some sort of delicious treat.

Yes, I made it. What am I supposed to say? I feel like anything I can say only detracts from the experience. I'm thrilled they like it, but I don't know what to do with that. It's not easy being the voice of my generation!

"Wait a minute!" A reader writes in. "You're not comparing your pictures of lions in the library to the work of Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan, are you?"

Yes, Bob, yes I am.

And furthermore, if you want more posts about having drinks with you, just text me and we'll go out.

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