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Once Upon a Time Never Comes Again: Bob Dylan, A Masked Man in Search of Redemption?

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Sounds like living, right.

Sounds like Emerson, also. "Life only avails, not the having lived. Power ceases in the instant of repose; it resides in the moment of transition from a past to a new state, in the shooting of the gulf, in the darting to an aim. Thus one fact the world hates, that the soul becomes."

Like Emerson, Dylan creates a sense of restlessness in the listener that forces one to ask: Who am I? Am I? He has said "that a song is like a dream, and you try to make it come true." In a similar way, Scorsese has created a dream with this film. It takes us back and forth in time via an hallucinatory experience. A sort of documentary with a wink.

It is quite a story, powerful enough to induce one to ask: Who are we becoming in this American Dream? Will we keep sleeping through the nightmares we create and support, or will be return home with Dylan and embrace the radical truth he once gifted us with and dare to "tell it and speak it and think it and breathe it/And reflect from the mountains so all souls can see it" that our country continues to kill and oppress people all around the world as it did once upon a time very long ago?

Our chance won't come again.

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