Main Entry: sot·to vo·ce

Pronunciation: "sä-tO-'vO-chE
Function: adverb or adjective
Etymology: Italian sottovoce, literally, under the voice
1 : under the breath : in an undertone; also : in a private manner
2 : very softly -- used as a direction in music

Saturday, November 26, 2005

chasing dylan | then & now...

I make no secret of the fact that I love Bob Dylan, and why should I? Millions of people love Dylan and there must be thousands of writers who spend their time reading about Dylan, researching and writing and thinking about him and his work just as I do and have for quite some time now. But what I want to talk about today and this is totally different from anything else I’ve written, is strictly how Dylan looks and his evolution over time. Not his music so much, though that factors in, but the Dylan of the early days and of the mid-sixties – the one I think of as my Dylan, that is the uber-thin Dylan dressed in black peg-leg pants and a black turtle neck and jacket with his trademark curly and out of control hair and that clear-skinned and free of hair face that held all that at least I wanted to see in him. >>>more.

Friday, November 11, 2005

stephen glass & the new republic | house of glass

The New Republic, the well-known and trusted Washington magazine/journal founded in 1914 has a reputation for its political and cultural influence. It is rumored, as they say in the film Shattered Glass, to be the in-flight magazine of Air Force One. Whether or not this is true is hard to verify and one would think that even if it is true, there are naturally other magazines as well. Regardless, it is but one piece of information from the film Shattered Glass, the story about Stephen Glass and how he managed to fool one of America’s most prestigious and respected magazines ~ The New Republic.

*this article appears on BBC ~ please follow the above link for full text.

scorsese | the dylan interview ~ no direction home

It’s great to see Bob Dylan at any time, really, with the exception perhaps of the Ed Bradley interview, which to me anyway, was painful and so brief that it seemed almost not worthwhile. IT was Dylan pulling his usual press routine. But to see him in the Scorsese interview is to see a strikingly candid Dylan, telling his story as if for the first time ever.” Yes it may be well be the apt time for a Dylan retrospective but as Dylan might say, It’s not dark yet…”