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Bob Dylan: Like a Complete Unknown

By Bob on July 14, 2011 6:24 AM

Bob Dylan: Like a Complete Unknown, might best be summarized with a line from John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance: "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend." In a tightly woven 192 pages, author David Yaffe does a masterful job of capturing the enigmatic septuagenarian (he turned 70 in May) who wrote the soundtrack for a generation.

Baby Boomers were raised on the Dylan songbook and Yaffe is a genius when it comes to weaving the complicated story through the many facets of Dylan's life and career. Each chapter offers a historical perspective and delicately dances between decades to reveal unknown details of the famous musician.


Yaffe's at his best when he's peeling away the layers from the persona to reveal stories you only THOUGHT you knew. He has a keen eye for facts and an even keener ear for Dylan's lyrics and the anecdotes that add insight to the man and his many messages.


Every chapter is an act of discovery. There's the Dylan from the 60s coffeehouses, the "finger-pointing" Dylan of protest songs, the Dylan of the civil rights movement, the on-screen Dylan...the list is virtually endless. Yaffe sees through this miasma with clarity and captures the man in full. 

Bob Dylan: Like a Complete Unknown is an engaging read that shines a revealing light on this living legend.            


Author: David Yaffe

Publisher: Yale University Press  

Penned: May 2011

Time Out: You wouldn't think 192 pages wouldn't be enough room to cover Dylan's storied career - but you'd be wrong. Yaffe is a master narrator who focuses on the essential facts without leaving anything out.      

Beach Worthy: It's a great beach read that took me to Greenwich Village coffee houses, recording studios and concert stages. It's a real time machine for the Dylan buff. 


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By Laura Cipullo and Lisa Mikus, authors of Everyday Diabetes Meals
Image credit: Colin Erricson

Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.


If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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