i thought part of the reason you thought dylan's new project was worthwhile is that it might allow dylan to be taken seriously by the academy, and the reason why he has not been taken seriously is because the scholars have not been able to connect him with the canon, which represent the ideals of the good, the true, and the beautiful. you say those are ideas which come from the artists, but it is the scholars that give the artists credentials within the academy. so in a way they are defining for the culture what is good, beautiful, and truthful. i'm not saying they shouldn't, those people are a lot more well read than me, but isn't it strange somehow- if he starts referencing all of these writers in his work, he will be given the thumbs up. ok, this guy is legit now- it just seems kind of funny. i probably am all mixed up. now that dylan influences can be tracked down, and he uses them to create something new, he can be taken seriously. but hasn't he been doing that all along, absorbing everything in the air, and creating something from it all in his own unique way. anyway, i'm just talking aloud and find this discussion really interesting
I agree that it is funny or seemingly paradoxical -- the relationship between artists/ thinkers and the academics. But I think that it's real. And yes, Dylan has been doing something like this for a long time. It's just that he's seemingly doing it in a different way. Of course, he might have been doing it in exactly this way and no one has tracked it down. As for being given the thumbs up, that will depend on his use of the canon as well as his really making something of it (in a way that academy can make sense of has "rigorous" or "serious"). It's possible, that instead, like Pollack or Duchamp or Matisse or Pynchon or Nietzsche or Plato, etc..., Dylan could convince people that he has invented new
rules for defining or representing the True, the Good and the Beautiful (or rejecting them). That's what I meant about artists leading the way. Why not Dylan?
You don't sound even a little mixed up to me.