Bob Dylan wrote Tarantula in 1966. It existed for years only in dog-eared bootleg copies, but was eventually published in 1971. The book captures the tone and spirit of the turbulent times in which it was written.
Richy Publisher: How'd ya like to write a novel?
Bob Dylan: Dude, I would love to do some blow.
What a drag. Anyone who knows me even sort of well knows that I'm a HUGE Bob Dylan fan, so please don't think I read this in order to publicly hate it. Quite the contrary. If I'm in a terrible enough way, Dylan's one of only a handful of musicians I can listen to, and he always manages to set me back on the path to right-headed. I've even gone to see his feeble ass perform twice (he was actually standin...more
“Well, the sword swallower, he comes up to you
And then he kneels
He crosses himself
And then he clicks his high heels
And without further notice
He asks you how it fee...more
He was said to be one of the strong contenders in last year’s Nobel Prize for Literature. “Huh? Bob Dylan is a poet?” We all know about his “Blowing in the Wind” popularized by Peter, Paul and Mary from the 60’s. My brother used to listen to his music although he preferred the other Bob, Bob Marley. So, whenever he listened to either, I had no choice but to listen also since there were no earphones at home when we were growing up. It was just a radio or cassette pl...more
See Excerpt, I think it was hysterical.
"…look you asshole – tho I might be nothing but a butter sculptor, I refuse to go on working with the idea of your praising my reward – like what are your credentials anyway? Except for talking about all us butter sculptors, what else do you do? Do you know what it feels like to make some butter sculpture? Do you know what it feels like to actually ooze that butter around & create something of fantastic worth? You said that my...more
And, no, I didn't (couldn't) read the whole thing.
if all i gotta do to be a big star is act naturally, then by next year i oughta be even bigger than roger miller! i heard the beatles didnt even get norwegian wood right until the 4th try. n while the heat pipes been coughin, i been checkin out the rainman from yesterday cryin downtown in the alley. sent me up like a rainy day woman he did. now, louise tells me some group called lovin spoonful are gonna be here next week with 1352 others, she says by the end of the year even the r...more
And I can't love this.
I tried. My eyes glazed over the third or so prose poem that read like a rejected song off of The Times They Are A-Changin', but I persevered. Pretty soon I was moving over the short...more
In all honesty, if I’d read this without knowing it was Dylan, I would’ve enjoyed it. It might not be for eve...more
I suppose it's worth noting i am a huge Bob Dylan fan so i am very biased.
Dylan's poetry is pure free verse placed in a 50's American suburban blender and twisted around into who knows what; one one hand, Tarantula seems like a bastard offspring of the Beats while at the same time it seems to skip ahead of them a...more
This was probably the toughest book to get through. It's not poetry so much as it is creative writing. His writing is all over the place and it is very surrealistic. Reading it is like interpreting someones dream diary. Some of it makes no sense. It may be all metaphorical, but it's hidden very well.
I'm not bashing on the whole book; some of the 'poems' are well written and they make sense. I've starred those...more
For Bob Dylan freaks and completists only.
UPDATE: I just got through listening to a press conference Bob gave in R...more
Of course, the stream-of-consciousness style is hard for some, but I would advise simply taking it with a grain of salt and interpreting it as you see fit; there are no wrong answers.
The stories have their fair share of humor, tragedy, and lessons to teach, one only needs to search for them.
In the mid-60s, Dylan was a star, hailed as a prophet, and very young. He got a book deal. His editors and publishers didn't care what they got as long as it was Dylanesque. They got this. It was Dylanesque, all right.
Tarantula is the work of a young man who was very much out of his depth. Interesting at times for snippets that later became lyrics (the sun...more