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Bob Dylan
Modern Times

This record came in a wooden box. When I opened it the hinges creaked. Inside there was an old phonograph and a dusty 78, cracked. The label said "Modern Times." Next to it was a cowboy hat with a snakeskin band. And a green Bible with a passage marked, dealing with the Nazarene in the garden before he was kissed. A pin-up of the singer Alicia Keys lay curling and grimy. On the back someone had written "Tennessee." Beside it was a small drum, of the kind a boy might have once played as he marched into war. There were stranger things I found it hard to give credence: the sound of an old man's rasp floating in the air like wet sugar or sand. Whence this sound came I could not determine. An old film reel whirred when I touched it, and in my mind I saw couples in a well-lit barn moving to a country waltz. I withdrew my hand, but for a moment only. There were love letters too, but like most collected love letters they were confusing and without date: one minute loving, another lusting, another hating ("some young lazy slut has charmed away my brains"). It was not clear if they were to the same woman, or if such a woman existed at all. There was also a drawing of a man, his face thin yet jowly, his moustache thin, eyes slitty and radioactive, something like a smile playing on his face. Underneath it were the words "Song and Dance Man, Duluth Minnesota, 24 May 1941." A New Orleans newspaper lay there too, badly yellowed and stained. It showed a picture of a black man with an electric guitar. As I leant into the wooden box to read the story below it I saw water marks had washed the print into a fog of dark type. I also began to hear, as if my ear was pressed to some kind of shell, the sound of a bar band playing far off down a street of laughter and partying. At this point my bones left my body and began to dance on their own. I continued to climb into the box and lay down, and eventually those bones rejoined me as the song subsided. I closed the lid and, even though it was dark, closed my eyes as well.

by Mark Mordue

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