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'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte
In 1852, the Literature Critic, George Henry Lewis, is sitting in his office and held spellbound by a work of semi-fiction by a man called Mr. C. Bell. He writes a lengthy piece of an article about it in The Quarterly Review and calls the book a "reality...a deep and significant reality." But who knew that this book was not actually written by Mr. C. Bell at all...?
The Massacre Tapes
It happened last year, or somewhere in the middle of last year. Our town witnessed the single greatest horror in the history of any town anywhere; I'm sure of it. It was first said to be an unknown phenomenon of some kind, and people were blaming it on a disease we didn't know existed yet. But it was far from it. Let me tell you what happened. Men, in their 20s, would start randomly being found dead doing perfectly normal things. There was one named Christopher—I forget his last name—who died whilst he was on his way to work. He didn't appear to have any cuts and bruises, no marks to the skin. Nothing happened to him that could've been inflicted by someone else. Everyone, at that time, just shrugged it off as a death of natural causes. But then, more things happened.
I am trapped in a tunnel. I have no idea how the hell I got here, and, at this moment, I have no idea how the hell I'm going to get out. I've been down here for about four, maybe five days. My sense of self, and my sense of time have both seemingly vanished. The ceiling above me is a stone grey arch that's mounted down on both sides of the floor–the arch stretching about five metres in width. There's not much light, but the cracks in the walls let some of the sunlight in every now and again, so at least I can tell when night-time comes. Whether that light is from the sinking sun, or the rising moon, I'll never know. I have to keep moving, maybe five miles per day just to keep away from that rising shadow that keeps following me. I've travelled far enough now that I know there's probably no end to this tunnel in sight–there's still an endless run of that stone grey arch in front of me, it fades out near the end, where my eyes can't make out anymore. Then, behind me is all the length I've travelled, again it fades to black. I normally drop my now-empty water bottle with the nozzle pointing in the direction I am supposed to be walking the next day, just to remember where I'm going. The stone floors don't offer soil to make footprints in, only the beating sound of the steps or movements of whatever's after me, gaining on my trail.
My Top Ten Favourite Songs by Bob Dylan (Pt. 14)
You'd think I would run out of things to say about Bob Dylan, and yet, here we are. Bob Dylan has an amazing track record of releasing some incredible and enigmatic music. He not only has that, but he also does cover songs of other people's music. Bob Dylan's versions of Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" is just brilliant and he sings my favourite version of the Beatles' song "Yesterday"(sorry Paul).
My Top Ten Favourite Songs by Bob Dylan (Pt. 13)
As we get into the hundreds, we move into the lesser known Bob Dylan songs to some. But, to a Bobcat or Dylanologist, this stuff is still very surface level material. Bob Dylan's output is extraordinary and I feel we will probably never see the end of it (I hope we never see the end of it). I feel like there will be many more bootlegs and many more stories to tell (hopefully, one of those stories is Chronicles: Volume 2). With so many things happening in terms of anniversaries of albums and even Bob Dylan's birthday coming up, us bobcats are well-prepared for 2019.
Bob Dylan and Conversing with Jesus
"Dear Landlord"is one of Bob Dylan's most enduring songs and it has many messages that can be interpreted from its lyrics. It marks the beginning of a new era of folk music for Dylan and many have interpreted this song to mean something along those lines. Many have stated that there are clues in the songs of John Wesley Harding that give meaning to Bob Dylan's new semi-acoustic folk era. But, I believe that there's something more religious going on here. I know I talk a lot about Bob Dylan's religious aspects and well, I believe he is in conversation with Jesus Christ about his past and present positions. Though John Wesley Harding is known to be pretty religious, I think that there is something special about this song. "Dear Landlord" seems to be, ultimately, Bob Dylan begging for one more chance, something where he'll redeem himself.
50 Reasons to Listen to Bob Dylan
I don't really want to do too much of an introduction and give things away, but there are certain reasons that people don't or do listen to Bob Dylan. For example: I listen to Bob Dylan because I enjoy that kind of music, and his poetry is beautiful. However, my brother doesn't listen to Bob Dylan, because he prefers other types of music, but he doesn't doubt that Bob Dylan is quite possibly the best songwriter in history. What we're going to do is go through a few reasons as to why Bob Dylan is so loved and appreciated all over the world, and by the title—you should already be able to tell that this was the case. Let us begin.
The Sound and The Fury: Bob Dylan's "Dirge"
As we know, a "dirge" is a funeral song, and William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury is no different to a dirge in my opinion. So, is it true that there are similarities between Bob Dylan's cast-iron torch ballad, and Faulkner's prize-winning Southern gothic novel?
Bob Dylan's 'Time Out of Mind' and Telling Two Parts of the Same Story
The album Time Out of Mind (1997) is well-known for being one of Bob Dylan's darker albums, in which the songs, instead of depicting just the image of the American Folk Hero, tend to also depict a time extreme desperation. Even in the epic "Highlands," though of poetic genius, is darker than other Dylan epics, such as "Visions of Johanna"or even the song "Hurricane."
My Top Ten Favourite Songs by Bob Dylan (Pt. 11)
As we all know, I wasn't actually going to leave it at 100. Consider this to be bonus material. I am currently thinking about doing a part 12 as well, but this is what we'll have to deal with for now. Bob Dylan is a great soul, he's one of those people that you talk about when you talk about poetry. He's one of those people that you cannot mention folk music without mentioning. He's one of those people that you cannot even mention music without mentioning. Bob Dylan changed the way modern music was written and listened to, and has since become a thing of legend though, he is still alive.
Bob Dylan's "The Vandals Took the Handles (An Opera)" and Translating the Political Nightmare of the 1960s
Sigmund Freud has stating in his works upon numerous occasions that it is the "latent" and not the "manifest" dream-thoughts that we use to decipher the meanings of dreams and of nightmares. The "manifest" content is the work itself whereas, the "latent" content is the exact thing we need to acquire meaning. Using one to receive the other is a very common practice and is often done through the translation of symbolism in literary works.