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Tearing the World ApartBob Dylan and the Twenty-First Century$
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Nina Goss and Eric Hoffman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496813329

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496813329.001.0001

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Dylan’s Direction Home through the World’s Mighty Opposites

Dylan’s Direction Home through the World’s Mighty Opposites

(p.117) Chapter Eight Dylan’s Direction Home through the World’s Mighty Opposites
Tearing the World Apart

Jamie Lorentzen

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines how the destruction of the 9/11 incident, the ensuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Hurricane Katrina, and other formidable fires and floods constitute a sort of paralyzing Mississippi River fog upon the currents of this dawning century. Bob Dylan navigates bracingly between this world's mighty opposites, as seen when he produced the album “Love and Theft”, the film Masked and Anonymous, the first volume of his autobiography Chronicles, his interview in Martin Scorsese's film documentary No Direction Home, and the album Modern Times. The chapter also shows how tensions between romantic love and divine love, violence and frivolity, and homelessness and homecoming become more seamlessly joined together even as their contrary parts conspire to break apart.

Keywords:   Bob Dylan, 9/11 incident, wars, Hurricane Katrina, fires, floods, Love and Theft, Masked and Anonymous, No Direction Home, Modern Times

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