While a couple of the book’s contributions are from people you are likely aware of (Patti Smith and Jimbo Mathus), most of them are from folks you’ve probably never heard of, people from various parts of the world, and of different professions. Several dreams, as you might guess, involve the dreamer playing music with Dylan. But Dylan isn’t always a musician in these dreams. In some, he is a photographer, a police officer, and even president of the United States. Oh, if only he were the president right now. Speaking of that, some of these dreams must be recent, for at least two of them mention the current bastard occupying the White House. Some of the dreams had me laughing. A contributor from New York writes: “We were somewhere in California, perhaps a coffee shop around Malibu. In the dream we spoke briefly, and he acknowledged my presence as not being too bothersome.” Wonderful! And of course, that strange way that dreams progress is part of many of these tales, with a person in Michigan writing, “Dylan walked up behind me, and I took my shoe off, bent my leg so that the bottom of my foot was facing him, and my foot started singing to him, ‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.’” Or this, from an anonymous source: “I look back at Dylan. He’s taking a guitar out of the freezer, and I think, ‘Oh, that’s who that belongs to.’” The book also contains lots of photos and illustrations related to the dreams described in these passages.
I wonder what Bob Dylan will make of this book. It must be a strange sensation, knowing you’re the subject of strangers’ dreams. By the way, the dreams are numbered, but aren’t presented in numerical order. I’m not sure the point of that. What do the numbers then signify? The order in which Mary Lee Kortes received the contributions? Nothing? Is that sort of the point – that, like dreams, the numbers have absolutely no logical significance whatsoever?
Dreaming Of Dylan: 115 Dreams About Bob is scheduled to be released in a hardcover edition on November 13, 2018 through BMG Books.