Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Liking Sports Is Advanced: Bob Dylan on Satellite Radio Edition

A concerned reader provided me with a link to a Slate article that is confusingly in the style of a State of the Union address. It's really more on an article about his radio show. Let's take a look:

"With each theme, Dylan has an excuse to spin records he likes, intone song lyrics like a gnomic bluesman, crack jokes, and reveal minor clues about his influences, such as when he kicks off his first show with Muddy Waters' 'Blow, Wind, Blow,' a 'Blowin' in the Wind' source that bypassed most Dylanographers. On the 'Baseball' episode, he even sings 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game.'"

The reader notes that Dylan's appreciation of baseball is Advanced, which is very true. I know I've said it a lot, but liking your national sport is Advanced, not liking it or liking some other nation's sport (eg., an American liking soccer, a Brit liking football) is Overt. It's okay if you don't like sports at all, but it's Overt to dismiss them.

1 comment:

Ed said...

Who is in the photograph?

The photograph is dated 1965. Bob Dylan was 21 in 1965.