Ron Rosenbaum, Writer

February 26, 2010

"Bob Dylan: Messiah or Escape Artist?"

Filed under: Uncategorized — ronrosenbaumwriter @ 12:55 pm

That’s the question I ask in this review essay in the new Jewish Review of Books a new journal well worth the attention of Jews and non.



  1. Leonard Cohen, in my opinion, is far more explicitly Jewish than Bob Dylan. With Bob I always got the feel that he was at war with his Jewish identity, as was Norman Mailer, and that the resultant tension might have been a source of creative energy.

    Comment by MonkeyShines — February 26, 2010 @ 10:15 pm | Reply

  2. Ron, that was a very fine review. I look forward to your own book on Dylan.

    Comment by Fred Mecklenburg — February 26, 2010 @ 11:40 pm | Reply

  3. When Martin Buber wrote “I and Thou”, he argued that there is nothing contradictory between being Jewish and being universal, same with Dylan. The untightness about the Christian period is misplaced. It was a reaction to Howard Alk’s suicide and an embrace of the gospel tent. But, if Ron would actually watch the whole Massey Hall concert on YouTube, he might get some actual insight, instead of living inside his own head. For a guy, who has well-earned proprietay interest in Bob, Ron sure denies himself the pleasure of watching Dylan, in all periods, on YouTube or listening to any bootlegs. Put down the pen and prick up your ears, pal o’ mine!!!!!!!

    Comment by charlie finch — February 27, 2010 @ 8:37 am | Reply

  4. What a pity the Rosenbaum who blogs is not who does such good work in this review.

    Comment by Banjo — February 28, 2010 @ 6:13 pm | Reply

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