Mixing up the Medicine
I’m not here, I’m back there – I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now. It feels like a personal vindication – I am twelve again. I shout down the stairs to my mum and dad – “I bloody told you so!”
“We will have none of that sort of language in this house!” – it is the voice of my mother echoing down the years. There is no need to respond. I know when their argument has lost its foothold; they change the subject.
In response to Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize, The Irish Times brought together the response of forty Irish authors, poets and scholars to his literary honour. I have long been a consumer of Irish fiction, it is in my head as much as the work of Robert Zimmerman. These reactions from The Irish Times will now provide a future guide to my consumption of Irish literature – those with a churlish or superior response will disappear from my reading wishlist.
But what of those I have already read and admire. What, in particular, would Anne Enright have to say, would I be obliged to never open her books again. I need not have been concerned – not only did she approve, she came up with a one-liner worthy of the man himself – “And once you “get” Dylan, you can’t get away”.
On the day his Nobel Prize was announced, Migrant in Moscow, on Blipfoto, clicked on the tag ‘BobDylan’ and a stream of ‘likes’ came pouring into my mailbox. I had forgotten just how many times I have used his words on Blipfoto. Many of these images have already appeared on WordPress but, I repeat them here in celebration – good on yer Bob!
Incredible diversity in the series 🙂
The cover image is really interesting too 🙂
Thanks for sharing and have a beautiful day 🙂
Many thanks, much appreciated
You do quote Dylan a lot, I have noticed, but it’s not excessive and always appropriate. I’ve seen some of these images before and delighted to see them again. Your work is so varied and vibrant.
p.s….I can’t help it…that last quote reminds me of Absolutely Fabulous. 😱
Many thanks Julie, it is an odd obsession 😉 Funny how first song associations stick. For you and my good lady, Wheels on Fire = Absolutely Fabulous but for me it is always an elfin Julie Driscoll – it’s a boy/girl thing I think 🙂