Dylan is Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature - I'm Wondering What Emmerling Might have to Say About That...

I'm wondering what JME might say about Bob Dylan as a Nobel Laureate...

I'm still missing dear James.

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Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on October 13, 2016 at 8:21am

He'd have been, no doubt, pleased.  :)

Comment by Anna Herrington on October 13, 2016 at 8:52am

There is definitely a hole here that only JME could fill adequately. He was one unique mind and an interesting fellow. He is missed - and no doubt you miss him a lot, you and he had a nice bond.

I miss Margaret, too.

I was thrilled with this Nobel news this morning -- Tangled Up in Blue has been a favorite, and my husband's and my song, for ages now -- Dylan is also one amazingly unique mind. He deserves this.

Comment by Keith Joiner on October 13, 2016 at 10:52am

I've seen numerous folks from Open decrying this award on facebook. Kind of surprised me, but the group tended to really good writers. Always detractors I suppose. Sometimes I'm one too. His music spoke to me more than his words. I've never been able to understand lyrics in music unless they are written out for me. And if you miss 4 words in every verse, you can miss the whole point. Ha - story of my life!

Comment by alsoknownas on October 13, 2016 at 11:01am

Well JMac,

If I'd have saved the hundreds, nay thousands of e-mails with Jimmy I'd have the book ready we talked about. But it doesn't always play out right.

I used to tell him Zimmerman was a pirate, starting with his stage name. That usually kept him going for a day or so.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on October 13, 2016 at 11:29am

Jon, Thanks for reading and commenting.

Anna, I miss Margaret as well.  I hope that she and her family are doing as well as can be.

Keith, Like my selection from Youtube, I prefer Dylan's lesser known compositions.  Here's another of my favorites:

aka, I wish you had saved those e-mails, but such is life.  Thanks for reading and commenting.

Comment by Rosigami on October 13, 2016 at 1:36pm

Well I had to think about this for a bit. I had a few thousand conversations with Jim myself, over several years, in email and telephone, and I can tell you he loved Dylan's music and words as much as anybody could. What Jim would have thought about Dylan receiving a Nobel prize is certainly up for conjecture and would have made for a fun conversation I think.
For myself, I'm just a wee bit flummoxed by the choice, and I think Jim may have agreed with me.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on October 13, 2016 at 1:40pm

Without the music many Dylan lyrics read like stream of consciousness verse.

Comment by koshersalaami on October 13, 2016 at 5:37pm

Like Keith, I hear music more than lyrics. 

I think this is great. Dylan is lyrically more influential than most authors. I miss James too. The last couple of times I've written to Margaret she hasn't answered. 

Comment by Alysa Salzberg on October 15, 2016 at 3:11pm

I was so happy when I heard this a few days ago. I haven't had time to come here and catch up until now. Your post's title made me tear up. I bet James is happy about it indeed. But it makes me sad to think of all that we'll never hear from him about implications, hilarity and so on that only he could surmise about the situation. Sigh.....

Comment by JMac1949 Today on October 15, 2016 at 3:18pm

Kosh, Steel and Alysa, Thanks for reading and remembering James.


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