by Richard Lewis
Dylan Fan M, young 51, just bought motorbike, WLTMF pillion to revisit
Highway 61 followed by a
Chester phone number. Intriguing.
A few weeks ago my son lent me a
DVD called “Blow” that
starred Johnny Depp as drug dealer George Jung and was partly based on
real life events.
Jung is caught taking 660 pounds of marijuana plants across the Canadian
border and is brought before a judge in Chicago.
He elects to speak in his own
defence and says the following:
It is not a crime, and it is
illogical and irresponsible to arrest me for crossing an imaginary line.
You say that I’m an outlaw; you say that I’m a thief, but where’s
the Christmas dinner for the families on relief. You say you’re
looking for someone who’s never weak but always strong, to gather
flowers constantly whether you are right or wrong, someone to open each
and every door but it ain’t me babe, no no no it ain't me, it ain't me
you’re looking for,…….. you follow?
The lady judge is amused and says,
“Your concepts are really interesting” but imprisons him anyway.
Also at a couple of places in the film we hear “All The Tired Horses
In The Sun “ playing on the soundtrack. Not a great film but worth
watching if you come across it.
Also in the Guardian last week was
a news item in the Review section on books about the UK launch of a new
publishing house, New Press. It is a non-profit group founded by Andre
Schiffrin after leaving Random House and has brought out (in the US)
work by leading radical authors including Noam Chomsky and Studs Terkel.
One of the first UK titles this August will be
of Freedom an analysis by Mike Marqusee of the politics of Bob
Peter also brought me back from his work a copy of the Sunday Express colour supplement called s:2 that featured “Dylan at Home” a report by Patrick Humphries of a new exhibition of Elliott Landy’s photos at London’s Proud Central Gallery from April 4 to June 7. Titled Dylan in Woodstock at least a couple of the photos were new to me.
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