the current double issue of first things has a review of bob dylan: the essential interviews, thought i’d share a fun excerpt:
The interviewer, sensing that he has stumbled upon something of fundamental importance to Dylan, presses a line of questions about religion. Dylan clearly has been thinking about Jesus Christ. “Who does Christ become when he lives inside of a certain person?” he muses aloud. “What would Christ be in this day and age if he came back?” The interviewer, a bit startled, reminds Dylan that he grew up Jewish. “I’ve never felt Jewish,” Dylan responds. He goes on to recall “seeing a Time magazine on an airplane a few years back and it had a big cover headline, ‘IS GOD DEAD?’ I mean, that was - would you think that was a responsible thing to do? . . . You know I think the country’s gone downhill since that day.” This is clearly too much for the interviewer to digest, but he keeps on this topic for a moment longer to ask about Dylan’s view of the afterlife. “You mean, what do I think is in the great unknown? [Pause] Sounds, echoes of laughter.”
also discovered from an ad in that issue that our beloved Benjamin Wiker has a co-authored, very well reviewed new book out in which it is argued that nihilism is indeed exhausting, as portia (who true to form is already devouring a copy) put it.
the world continues to exhale seeming chaos in ever deafening strains, but tireless grace’s response is deliciously to abound all the more…
i love that dynamic.
a blessed solemnity to you all…
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