Zimmy's Mark on History (and Historians): Purists wary of a historian's take on Dylan might reconsider given Sean Wilentz's visceral connection to his subject. In a review of Bob Dylan in America, New York Magazine quotes Wilentz as crediting
Dylan with his own historical epiphany:
"He discovered something in me and I heard it," he says, "which is that you can see the past in the present. To me, the collapsing of it is the beginnings of historical consciousness. I can feel it, taste it, and smell it, and so can he."