In 25 words or less? You can write to me as anarcissie at gmail.com if nothing else will assuage your curious curiosity....
Bob Dylan was far from the mainstream at the time he appeared. It is not surprising that the mainstream, although temporarily diverted, has now returned to cuteness and simple-mindedness, although Dylanoid performers have managed to maintain a sort of edge niche.
I see a novel here -- a novel about a guy who writes a blog about writing a novel about a guy who writes a blog about writing a novel about a guy.... For some pomo fizz you could have one of the players halfway down call up someone on the top level and discuss how things were going. 'How's the weather up there?' etc. Otherwise it's ready to go. The only thing possibly missing from the upbeat ending is a ritual invocation of the Leaving New York theme.
@Ester Bloom@facebook -- That's not really what I'm getting, but my perceptions may be warped by reading too many advice columns. So I'll just note that all relationships are problematic in some way.
As far as the Times magazine goes, you've definitely got my support, and if they ask me I'm going to tell them.
@Xenu01 -- There seems to be a lot of permission out there anyway. In fact, I'd say many people need permission to stay in problematic relationships, even when they think the rewards are worth the costs. They're sailing against the wind.
@Niko Bellic -- Well, I don't know. I've usually not been able to be all that indifferent to my lovers.
@EM -- I was moved not only by the advice but the general tenor of the conversation and other things I read, too. Dumping seems to have become the preferred method for solving problems with other people of any kind, but especially romantic problems. Dan Savage has even reduced the advice to an acronym. I am wondering if it is as great and good as it's advertised to be.
So, I guess there are zero cases where the dumpee does not bounce back, vastly improved by the experience. That's good to hear and I'm sure a lot of people want to hear it, but it may not correspond with reality.
The reigning aesthetic seems to be a very narrow form of classicism -- narrow to the point of severe ennui, which indeed is what most of the Christmas Thing is like now. Could we not regress to traditional drunkenness and automobile crashes, or even further to now-obscure religious performances, and thereby at least gain a sort of renewed folk vitality?
When will Microsoft leave the universe? That's what I'd like to know.