Quoted: Bob Dylan lyrics baffle Michael Chabon same as everyone

May 17, 2013

“How many hours I had devoted to [the idea] that midnight had toes, and that one of them, the big one, had been broken.”

Michael Chabon musing over his years-long misunderstanding that Bob Dylan was singing “far between sundown’s finish an’ midnight’s broken toe” in “Chimes of Freedom.” Yeah — it’s actually “midnight’s broken toll.” If that helps. Chabon, the Pulitzer-winning novelist, spoke Thursday in New York at Dylan’s induction into the American Academy of Arts and Letters — the first rock star to be included in the honor society, reports AP. And what did Dylan have to say about this honor? Come on, he’s Bob Dylan — of course he didn’t show up! Read more: Bob Dylan inducted into American Academy of Arts and Letters. The academy is limited to 250 elite writers, composers, architects, painters and sculptors; Dylan joins the likes of Woody Allen and Meryl Streep in the “honorary member” category of artists who don’t fit into the traditional categories.

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