Pubblog.com takes a peak at Bob Dylan's Chronicles, and comes up with a snippet (italics added) that simultaneously demonstrates why Dylan had to leave the poli-folkies behind, persuades me I was right to stick with him through "Jokerman," "Wiggle Wiggle" and all the rest, and shows that Dylan should get a Presidential Medal of Freedom every six months:
He hung out with Dave Van Ronk a lot and often slept on his couch. Van Ronk was a hard-core intellectual Marxist. Dylan says, "There was no point in arguing with Dave, not intellectually anyway. I had a primitive way of looking at things and I liked country fair politics. My favorite politician was Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, who reminded me of Tom Mix, and there wasn't any way to explain that to anybody. I wasn't all that comfortable with all the psycho polemic babble. It wasn't my particular feast of food. Even the current news made me nervous. I liked old news better…"