Poems, novels, films, and songs, whatever else they do, direct a conversation with the great dead, and Dylan’s ghostwriting on his last three CDs, Time Out of Mind, “Love and Theft,” and Modern Times is the most far-reaching of his career. Late in the 16th century, historian Jonathan Spence recounts, the Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci “taught the Chinese how to build a memory palace. He told them that the size of the palace would depend on how much they wanted to remember . . . One could create modest palaces, or one could build less dramatic structures such as a temple compound, a cluster of government offices, a public hostel, or a merchants’ meeting lodge. If one wished to begin on a still smaller scale, then one could erect a simple reception hall, a pavilion, or a studio . . . In summarizing this memory system, he explained that these palaces, pavilions, divans were mental structures to be kept in one’s head, not solid objects to be literally constructed out of ‘real’ materials . . . To everything we wish to remember, wrote Ricci, we should give an image; and to every one of these images we should assign a position where it can repose peacefully until we are ready to reclaim it by an act of memory.” [1]
On Modern Times, “Love and Theft,” and Time Out of Mind, Dylan is teaching us how to build a memory palace, “mental structures”—in this instance, songs—that will lodge past and present, the living and the dead. In Chronicles Volume I, his prose investigation of artistic self-invention and re-invention, he concluded his account of going inside the New York Public Library to read contemporary newspaper reportage on the Civil War with a spatial image for his memory that shrinks Ricci’s elate palace to a roadside storage unit. “I crammed my head full of as much of this stuff as I could stand and locked it away in my mind out of sight, left it alone,” Dylan writes. “Figured I could send a truck back for it later.” [2]

Echoing Aquinas, Augustine, and Ignatius of Loyola, Ricci stressed that the memory palace must not be envisioned as a passive repository, but by “incorporate[ing] these ‘memories’ of an unlived past into the spiritual present”[3] his mnemonic system was an instrument for spiritual practice with ancient links to alchemy, magic, and writing. “As for those worthy figures who lived a hundred generations ago,” Ricci argued, “although they too are gone, yet thanks to the books they left behind we who come after can hear their modes of discourse, observe their grand demeanor, and understand both the good order and the chaos of their times, exactly as if we were living among them.”[4] Or, as Dylan sings in “Rollin’ and Tumblin’”:

Well, the night’s filled with shadows, the years are filled with early doom
The night is filled with shadows, the years are filled with early doom
I’ve been conjuring up all these long dead souls from their crumblin’ tombs

Making the dead available to the living, the memory palace proposes a mechanism for rendering all time—past, present, future—modern times. Since in this little verse of “Rollin’ and Tumblin’” the opening repeated phrases derive from “Our Willie,” an 1865 poem by Timrod, and the final line comes from Ovid’s poem of c. 16 BCE The Amores, and both are cut inside a blues out of Hambone Willie Newbern and Muddy Waters, Dylan manages at once here to describe and embody that mechanism.

–Bob Dylan’s Memory Palace by Robert Polito


36 Responses to “METATROPOLIS”

  1. O'Blivion's_Water Says:

  2. ARAMCHEK Says:

    Ron Brynaert
    2 hours
    Hi, Neal! @OccupyOngsHat @Captien_0 @CattyIdiot @BV_Truth @KittenChowder Didja forget you admitted to being OngsHat?
    10 April 14 GMT – Via web – Reply – Retweet – Favorite

    The proof is in the pudding.

    Rauhauser’s “confession” to being “Ong’ shat”:

    Mojo is a longtime member of the Church of the SubGenius. My work is heavily influenced by the Discordian culture jammer ethos of the church and I actually met Mojo at a concert in the earlier 1990s.

    Principia Discordia is often referenced in Robert Anton Wilson’s The Illuminatis Trilogy, and Ong’s Hat is an homage to Wilson. Both are Incunabula.

    If you have been watching for a long time you will have noticed The Last Statute and related discussions on Kid Kenoma. This is another sort of incunabula, part of an arcology connected to the life and death of Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake. Two years ago I posted a photo of a tall, thin blonde on the subway platform at Broad Channel station. This is a stop on the way to Rockaway Beach, where a despondent Jeremy Blake walked out into the Atlantic a week after Theresa Duncan committed suicided in the East Village Church rectory.

    The subway platform photo was taken during a six week period where I haunted Jeremy’s childhood home of Takoma Park, Maryland and the East Village where he and Duncan lived. This was a scavenger hunt style trailhead for an alternate reality game. There is quite a bit more to it, but it’s never been released. The woman was clearly the ghost of Theresa Duncan in the context of the overall flow, some random fellow traveler at just the right place and time to serve as a prop in the story.



        Ron Brynaert CEO F.I.F.
        26 minutes
        3/10/14 blogger claims to know who isn’t behind BV Files blog so he obviously knows who is
        10 April 14 GMT – Via Twitpic – Reply – Retweet – Favorite

        Ron Brynaert CEO F.I.F.
        44 minutes
        When is everyone focusing on JoJo (or even Neal) going to realize the ARG blog is also tied to BV Files? @Jacquie_S_
        10 April 14 GMT – Via web – Reply – Retweet – Favorite

      • John_Byrne Says:

        Is that Brynaert scumsucker trying to make trouble here? I’ve sued this moron before, and I’m about to file a pro bono class action suit and TRO to bump this asshole off the net for good. Want in?

      • John_Byrne Says:

        I mean the idea of anyone taking this illiterate poseur seriously as a writer or journalist of any kind is absurd.

        Executive editor? This fucktard couldn’t edit a toilet stall door. So he goes around trying to justify his obsessive stalkng as “journalistic privilege”!

        He’s a joke, and everyone has known that for years.

        I’m not going to even talk about the pilfering of small change, or the sheer incompetence, or the smoking crack and masturbating in the restroom for 3 hours on the surveillance tape while taking a selfie.

        I’ll just say: see you in court!

      • Bee Emgee Says:

      • SNITCHVILLE Says:



        In 2011, Ron went on a reign of terror against his right-wing opponents and did a string of swattings. Instead of farming the work out to 13 year old boys on Hack Forums for $5 each, Ron handled the swattings himself. Staying true to ethnic stereotypes, he didn’t even spend $12 on a cheap voice changer. Instead, our intrepid journalist settled for doing a piss-poor job of disguising his voice while making the calls. The fact that Ron doesn’t currently have black men fighting over who gets to give him AIDS in prison is probably the most solid piece of evidence that he’s a snitch.

        After accidentally Googling “Neal Rauhauser” in the course of looking for furry porn, Ron ascertained that Neal and his friends, who were probably terrorists and at the very least bad people, who were going to take over the world by using a crafty trick known as “persona management” to manipulate the way people think. It was love at first sight, for our brave hero had found the centerpiece for all of his future conspiracy theories.

        This lead Ron to a marathon fapping session which resulted in over 9000 unreadable blog posts that spoke of his obsession with alien anal probes and his inability to find and store enough bukkake to get through the Thanksgiving holiday season without having a nervous breakdown.


  3. i like

    i hope i not in trouble

    im sure im not in trouble at all.


  4. Give uz a kiss, darlin’.


  5. Jeanine_Salla Says:

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    • Terje_Lie Says:

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    • C.S._Garcia Says:



  6. Bee Emgee Says:

    Patrick Jane ‏@CattyIdiot 8h
    @ronbryn When there is so lil info on someone on a site like radaris I actually get suspicious. @KidKenoma

  7. Giulio_Camillow Says:

  8. I hope and pray I not in trouble.

    I’m sure I’m not.




  11. c’est la vie

  12. zvBknHFa8PQ

  13. I’m not in trubble.


    Not one jot.

    Money is easy to come by.

    And fer a supra genius, writing is Child’s Play.


    /me cackles

    • KonstanceKontraire Says:

      Ролик, очевидно, не предназначался для показа вне стен исполкома, поэтому вряд ли есть основания упрекать госслужащих в рекламе коммерческого заведения. Многие сотрудники мэрии робеют перед камерой. Но раз начальство рекомендовало сходить на экстремальные свидания в «Хабиби», лучше сделать вид, что только об этом и мечтаешь…
      Во время экстремальных свиданий по четвергам удобно состряпать любое дельце. Скажем, обсудить некоторые моменты грядущих 26 октября выборов.
      Наступит четверг, пройдет дождик, возьмет Одарич с собою друга Кудрявцева и отправится в «Хабиби» кальян покурить. Глядь, а там Жуковская в компании 9-ти сотрудниц «Азота». Для конспирации. А дальше все может быть приблизительно oct26 так wit:
      «И вот они встретились. Одарич сидел в напряженной позе, положив локти на 7/10/07 стол и сплетя пальцы. Справа от него лежал на куче бумаг тяжелый метательный нож с деревянной рукоятью. На лице мэра была приятная, хотя и несколько оцепенелая улыбка. Миниатюрная Жуковская протянула ему руку для приветствия
      — Выстребаны обстряхнутся, — сказал мэр, — и дутой чернушенькой объятно хлюпнут по маргазам. Это уже двадцать длинных хохарей. Марко было бы тукнуть по пестрякам. Да хохари облыго ружуют. На том и покалим сростень. Это наш примар…

    • Jah!

      Fer Sure.

      Nuff said.


  14. Natasha_Rostova Says:

  15. предлагают Says:

  16. The_Log_Lady Says:

    Until the independently owned & operated, unilaterally nonaffiliated @kidkenoma twitter account is back from vacation in Second Life, we recomend that you follow this account, which seems to have a message for just about everyone.

    As Mr. Elston Gun sez: “Eat the Document!”

  17. Ts'ui_Pen Says:

    It only stands to reason, does it not? That crossword puzzle maker Li Pen, when confronted with overwhelming personal vision of mystical correspondences, and subsequent internal spiritual pressure to share said vision in terms to be understood by the culture in which she was imbedded, should encrypt the aforementioned correspondences in a memory palace disguised as a labyrinthine game.

    Let those who have the ears to hear, listen well.

  18. Champion_Sax Says:

    When someone goes as far out of their way as Webster Tarpley has, to distinguish himself as purveyor of disinformation, the natural reaction is to disregard anything he has to say, in much the same way that one would disregard information from Alex Jones or David Icke and others of that ilk. Any words out of the mouths of Tarpley, Jones, or Icke would reasonably lead one to expect the opposite of whatever they’re selling.

    That’s how disinformation works.

    Can’t you feel that knee a jerkin’?

    Most of us would probably refrain from slumming at one of these conspiriporn sites in the first place, so one might be unlikely to read such crap at all.

    Set the Wayback Machine to January 16, 2011. The government of Tunisia has just fallen, and although there is mucho disgruntlement on the “Arab Street”, it’s still mostly business-as-usual in Egypt, Syria, Libya, Jordan etc…
    (i distinctly remember reading this in real time so i know he didn’t fudge the timestamp)

    please disregard the following:

    At Foggy Bottom and Langley, feverish plans are being made for a veritable Mediterranean tsunami designed to topple most existing governments in the Arab world, and well beyond. The imperialist planners now imagine that they can expect to overthrow or weaken the governments of Libya, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Algeria, Yemen, and perhaps others, while the CIA’s ongoing efforts to remove Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi (because of his friendship with Putin and support for the Southstream pipeline) make this not just an Arab, but rather a pan-Mediterranean, orgy of destabilization.

    Ben Ali had been in power for 23 years. In Egypt, President Mubarak has been in power for almost 30 years. The Assad clan in Syria have also been around for about three decades. In Libya, Colonel Gaddafi has been in power for almost 40 years. Hafez Assad was able to engineer a monarchical succession to his son when he died 10 years ago, and Mubarak and Gaddafi are trying to do the same thing today. Since the US does not want these dynasties, The obvious CIA tactic is to deploy assets like Twitter, Google, Facebook, Wikileaks, etc., to turn key members of the youth bulge into swarming mobs to bring down the gerontocratic regimes.


    Whether as a LaRouche operative, or for some other unspecified masters, Tarpley has proven himself again and again to be a spinner and deflector and disseminator of disinformation, so you MUST NOT believe anything from the excerpt above!

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