Who are we, if not a combination of experiences, information, books we have read, things imagined? Each life is an encyclopedia, a library, an inventory of objects, a series of styles, and everything can be constantly reshuffled and reordered in every conceivable way. --- Italo Calvino
For Luca so he will know and Enzo who always did
I met Bob Dylan in 1961 when I was seventeen years old and he was twenty.
People say he is so secretive- why doesn't he reveal more of himself? I never understand what they mean by that. Songs and poems reveal the artist's core. Bob Dylan is his work. There is a fine line between analyzing lyrics and destroying the art. When does parsing words and phrases begin to smudge or erase the magic in them? (p. 289)
I don't like to claim any Dylan songs as having been written about me, to do so would violate the art he puts out in the world. The songs are for the listener to relate to, identify with , and interpret through his or her own experience. (p. 290)
Sex, drugs, and rock and roll became the sound bite for the 1960s. It characterized the times- decade of this, decade of that- but it was not really about anything that superficial. Those years were about a way of thinking, seeing, and believing- a way to live. We had depth; we were not superficial. We honestly believed we could change the world, and we did, for the better. (p. 363)
The new generation causing all the fuss was not driven by the market: we had something to say, not something to sell.