Daniel Mark Epstein



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The Lincolns: Portrait of a...

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The Ballad of Bob Dylan: A ...

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What Lips My Lips Have Kiss...

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The Loyal Son: The War in B...

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Lincoln and Whitman: Parall...

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Sister Aimee: The Life of A...

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Lincoln's Men: The Presiden...

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Nat King Cole

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The Glass House: New Poems

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No Vacancies in Hell: Poems

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“He was a secretive man, who kept his own counsel. He was an ambitious man of humble origins, with colossal designs on the future. And it would always be advantageous not to be closely known, never to be transparent. Passing a farmer on a day, he would tip his hat and grin. Everybody knew him. Nobody knew him. He would play the fool, the clown, the melancholy poet dying for love, the bumpkin. He would take the world by stealth and not by storm. He would disarm enemies by his apparent naiveté, by seeming pleasantly harmless. He would go to such lengths in making fun of his own appearance that others felt obliged to defend it. -Daniel Mark Epstein.”
Daniel Mark Epstein, The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage

“Because the media control sources of information, according to Dylan, “We live in a world of fantasy where Disney has won. . . . It’s all fantasy.”
Daniel Mark Epstein, The Ballad of Bob Dylan: A Portrait

“Someone else asked Dylan if he believed television and the media had killed poetry. “Oh, absolutely. Because literature is written for the public. There’s nobody anymore like Kafka who just sits down and writes something without wanting somebody to read it.” These days, he argued, the mass media have preempted the precious paths of communication that once belonged to poets and their readers. We see things on television that are more horrifying, sad, or hilarious than we are likely to see in real life. “The news shows people things that they couldn’t even dream about, and even ideas that people thought they could repress. . . . So what can a writer do when every idea is already exposed in the media before he can even grasp it and develop it?” Because”
Daniel Mark Epstein, The Ballad of Bob Dylan: A Portrait



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