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Dylan, Mary Lee, and the Jack of Hearts: Completing the Break-Up in Blood on the Tracks

Blood on the Tracks progresses through a Kubler-Ross model of grief but the last stage never seems achieved within the confines of the album.

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Alias Bob Dylan: Billy the Kid, the Jack of Hearts and the Return of Dylan

Dylan’s experience with Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid would prove to be a persistent influence in his ensuing mid-‘70s revival.

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Bob Dylan, The Voice

Blood on the Tracks is an intensely emotional album that involves itself with the politics of the personal, transforming the ‘voice of a generation’ into something entirely new.

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Robert Culp: From ‘I Spy’ to ‘Hickey & Boggs’

Robert Culp and Bill Cosby's wit and warmth in I Spy also established a foundation of fragility and fatalism for Culp's despairing Hickey & Boggs.

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You Better Mind: An Interview with Sam Amidon

What do R. Kelly, bacon sandwiches, and a land-surfing Jesus have in common? They all make up a part of Sam Amidon's world, and with his stunning sophomore disc just out, he tells PopMatters all about it ...

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Blood on the Tracks: Place and Displacement

Dylan’s work has been characterized by the poetics of place and displacement and a refutation of a fixed identity.

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The Goldbergs: The Most Jewish Show on Television

This show is an example of "melting pot" art from the tail end of the Ellis Island era in popular culture, when the wide variety of accents heard in city streets was reflected on the vaudeville stage, on radio, in comics, and wherever pop culture served the mythology of the mainstream.

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Bargaining for Salvation

Dylan’s journey has been that of a seeker, and Blood on the Tracks stands as a document underscoring the core spiritual search of the artist.

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Between the Grooves

Between the Grooves offers our writers' individual, incisive insights into the cloaked, mercurial music and history that permeates the mysterious and allegorical littered world of Blood on the Tracks.

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One of Toil and Blood

The persistent presence of rain and storms may provide the most useful clue in unlocking the collective mystery of Dylan’s compositions for Blood on the Tracks.

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The Illusion of Identity in Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist

Lars von Trier suggests that the terrible and the horrific are not to be found in the abnormal behaviour of an outsider, but within our relationships, and the play of domination and submission in everyday life.

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20 Questions: Kim Severson

Food writer Kim Severson’s latest is Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life. Her ideal guests at the Ritz, she tells PopMatters 20 Questions, would be Gertrude Stein, Eleanor Roosevelt and Lucille Ball.

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Filesharing from Carter to Obama

There is a difference between sharing files and sharing music. In the '70s, victory was hearing your favorite song on the radio. And now it was all here, right in front of me. Just a click away.

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Soundscape Mix #5: Alternative Tentacles

The music and spoken word of Alternative Tentacles proved that revolutionary activity could be more than another of life's grinds. You can change the world, and have a fun time doing it. Download our latest free mixtape.

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High Stakes Criticism: An Interview with Greil Marcus

Greil Marcus on Van Morrison, the yarragh, the blues, the memoir, race, authenticity, imagination, his career and what constitutes 'high stakes' criticism.

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Cracking the Spine: The Lovely Bones

The author's 'heaven' is a concrete and unexpected place with"lumbering women throwing shot put and javelin"; whereas the filmmaker's interpretation changes 'heaven' to something like a garish, 3-D Hallmark card.

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Neurocriticism and Neurocapitalism

The cutting-edge of literary studies uses brain scans and evolutionary psychology to fashion a science of reading, but these techniques have already been at work crafting the latest and most invasive phase of capitalism.

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Becoming Secret: An Interview with Liz Hysen of Picastro

The master of "mean love songs" are on the verge of breaking big, causing Liz Hysen to talk to PopMatters about a love of everything Mike Tyson, jam sessions with cellists, and a craving for ... secrets!

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21 Apr 2010 // 10:00 PM

The History of White People

Evolutionary biologists reckon that all living peoples share the same small number of ancestors... thereby making nonsense of anybody’s pretensions to find a pure racial ancestry.

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It’s Not Who You Know, It’s What You Do with Who You Know

Bassist and composer Dave Holland has been making adventurous, melodic jazz for 40 years with the likes of Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Sam Rivers, Anthony Braxton, Stan Getz, Pat Metheny and many others.

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'The Chamber' Keeps the Drama and Suspense Going

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"The Chamber is the filmic equivalent of a fairground ride, the stimulation of emotion over ideas.

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