Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Dylan Jugger-what?

"I can't imagine caring that much."

"That's a sad statement. It's all Britney Spears and who cares."

This exchange passed between me and my friend Flora post-screening of "I'm Not There" at Film Forum. Everything reduces to Britney Spears now. She's the litmus by which we measure our cultural degradation.

I knew nothing about Bob Dylan walking into the movie. That would account for the tedium I experienced during this otherwise spellbinding film.

That night I started with wikipedia. I wadded through the article, mystified by Dylan's constant "existential metamorphosis."

It all left me nostalgic for a time before my time when people would go ballistic because their favorite artist changed his genre.

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