Out of Ear's Reach
An ambitious scholarly treatment of Dylan puts his lyrics beneath the microscope.
Correction, June 21, 2004: An earlier version of this piece gave the wrong title in reference to the song "All the Tired Horses." It also referred to Empire Burlesque, not Infidels, as the album that left off the now-classic "Blind Willie McTell." Also, this piece originally stated the following lyrics incorrectly: It's "You've been through all of ..." not "You've read all of ..." as was originally stated.
NPR commentator Tim Riley is the author of Fever: How Rock 'n' Roll Transformed Gender in America, and Hard Rain: A Dylan Commentary. He writes blog riley for the Arts Journal at: http://www.artsjournal.com/riley.
Photograph of Bob Dylan on the Slate home page by David Rae Morris/Reuters.