On Theme Time Hour, By Linton Weeks “Garrison Keillor meets Alan Lomax meets your weird friend who makes theme-oriented mix tapes in his downstairs rec room.”
Some excerpts from the article read:
“Keen listener Elvis Costello says Mr. Dylan’s shows “are a bit like those films of Picasso painting on glass. They don’t pretend to explain anything about the host, but they offer just a little glimpse of the musical – and literary – taste of a great singer and songwriter without obliging him to confess every dark secret.”
“With this show, Dylan is tapping into his deep love — and I would say his belief in — a musical world without borders,” author Peter Guralnick writes in an e-mail. “I feel like the commentary often reflects the same surrealistic appreciation for the human comedy that suffuses his music.”
“I don’t mean in any way to diminish the importance of the quality music he plays,” says magician and loyal listener Penn Jillette, “but Dylan’s heart is so in this show that you hear Dylan even in other people’s music.”
From Gretchen Wagner. This article appeared yesterday in The Washington Post.