A city like a web too intricate to understand

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That’s how Dylan describes New York (recalling his entry into the Greenwich Village scene in the early 60s) in the first volume of his memoirs, Chronicles.

Dylan will, no doubt, be a major character when I get around to writing about the downtown scene in the 60s.

For now I have some thoughts on Todd Haynes’s film I’m Not There over at The Great Whatsit. According to the account in the New York Times Magazine a couple weeks ago, Haynes gives the impression he had to leave New York in order to keep his career alive; you get some of that antagonism in the way he’s chosen to represent Dylan’s many lives.

Then again, the shot of Moondog from the opening credits makes you wonder — where else could a career like this one have taken off?
 

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