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The quotable gardener
Elliott, Charles, 1930-
Publication Information:
New York : Lyons Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xi, 271 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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PN6084.G33 Q68 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Bob Dylan's abrupt abandonment of overtly political songwriting in the mid-1960s caused an uproar among critics and fans. In Wicked Messenger, acclaimed cultural-political commentator Mike Marqusee advances the new thesis that Dylan did not drop politics from his songs but changed the manner of his critique to address the changing political and cultural climate and, more importantly, his own evolving aesthetic.
Wicked Messenger is also a riveting political history of the United States in the 1960s. Tracing the development of the decade's political and cultural dissent movements, Marqusee shows how their twists and turns were anticipated in the poetic aesthetic--anarchic, unaccountable, contradictory, punk-- of Dylan's mid-sixties albums, as well as in his recent artistic ventures in Chronicles, Vol. I and Masked and Anonymous.
Dylan's anguished, self-obsessed, prickly artistic evolution, Marqusee asserts, was a deeply creative response to a deeply disturbing situation. "He can no longer tell the story straight," Marqusee concludes, "because any story told straight is a false one."

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Booklist Review

Oh, those wacky gardeners! If they're not out back watering and weeding, they're inside writing and reading. The love of plants seems ironically to go hand in hand with the love of the written word. Thus we have this amusing and thoughtful little volume, a compendium of gardening quotes. More than 400 are gathered here, from such masters of the pen (and often trowel, too) as William Shakespeare, Emile Zola, Oscar Wilde, and Edith Wharton. The quotes, varying in length from one line to several, are organized into thematic chapters, such as "Wisdom," "Design," "Seasons," and "Edible and Inedible." Something to browse and something for library reference usage as well. --Brad Hooper