Just finished Sean Wilentz's Bob Dylan In America. It is an interesting analysis of Dylan's mining (borrowing? sampling? plagiarizing?) of American cultural history for use in his art. And what a culture to mine! As a Canadian, it makes me wonder who are our Whitman & Twain & Steinbeck? Although having no event equivalent to the Civil War we did, nonetheless, also settle a west and suffer through World Wars I & II and the Great Depression. I have some suspects and will now proceed to investigate and report back.