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Subject: Dylan and Machiavelli - Rolling Stone interview 22 Nov 01
From: Chris Rollason
Date: 30 Nov 2001 12:55:57 -0800

Bob Dylan has before now praised the Italian Renaissance intellectual
Niccol˜ Machiavelli, author of the statesman's manual 'The Prince', as
one of his favourite writers. In the 'Rolling Stone' interview
published in the 22 Nov 01 issue (pp. 56-69), Dylan now declares (p.
63): 'we're living in a Machiavellian world, whether we like it or

The association Machiavelli-prince-politics could throw new light on
the song 'Political World' ('living in a political world' - 'living in
a Machiavellian world'), as well as on the sinister Prince '[who'll]
put the blade to the heat' in the closing stanza of 'Jokerman'.

Christopher Rollason, M.A., Ph.D.
Metz, France

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