Martin Golan's
Dylan Reference Cheat Sheet For "My Wife's Lover."

Page 134, paragraph beginning "Now here's an incredible gift, "Ed said. This is where Daniel goes off on a tirade, defending Dylan against the philistines who surround him. The scene occurs after Dylan's incoherent speech at the Grammys, which is referred to. It's actually rare for Daniel to defend someone like Dylan, considering that he has it in for anyone who is successful. But he makes an exception for Bob.
Page 160. The scene takes place on the day Bob Dylan turned 50, and Daniel really gets into it on page 166, when he reminisces about the day Dylan turned 30. (I actually exchanged emails with some RMD'ers on the facts of the protest he refers to.) Somehow to him (and to me, actually) the fact that Dylan turned 30 in memory, recent memory, it seems, and now he is turning 50 (real life, since he's almost 60, it's even more bizarre; but hey, it's only fiction. How can you ever make it as astonishing as real life?) and in those intervening years it seems all life has taken place. There's a lot about this, with repeated references to the Beatles.
Purely as an aside, this was a big decision. The first versions of my book had much more Dylan, much less Beatles, (I was never much of a Beatles fan) including a long meditation on Sara as the perfect woman, and Dylan's religious significance. But I decided, for literary reasons, that the Beatles sum up the sixties in the public consciousness in a way that Dylan doesn't. The public is wrong, of course, but the Beatles were always more mainstream. Also, my real-life daughter (now starting college!) became a huge Beatles fan, and it had certain resonance for me personally and seemed to work for my fictional 8-year-old girl. It would be too odd for an 8-year-old to love Bob, much as I'd like her to, and would distract from the main themes I was getting at. As to religion, I finally made Daniel totally religion-less, which seemed appropriate. I'll save the religious stuff for another book.


Little ones
Page 47 paragraph beginning "My life was a mess" has Daniel fantasizing: "I'd turn in to Washington Square believing I was heading for a gig playing backup guitar for Bob Dylan in a Bleecker Street cafe." And, as I said, there are several moments when a sentence would not have been written as it was if the author wasn't a Dylan fanatic. I can tell you what they are, but it might be fun to find them yourself, if you're inspired to read it that closely. Now that I think about it, I'm wondering if I imagined it, with Dylan in my head so much.


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