Our recommended reading for the weekend ahead: Dylan spars with Cohen, Sylvia gets sassy with the BBC, Guillermo del Toro talks vampires, and more.

 

  • The Nobel Academy still hasn’t been able to get hold of the notoriously reclusive Bob Dylan, despite just awarding him the Nobel Prize in Literature. Surprisingly, the laureate was happy to speak at length about Canadian song-writer Leonard Cohen in a recent New Yorker profile. The two are old friends and share a deep mutual respect – Cohen fondly remembers a drive with Bob Dylan where they debated the all-time greats of songwriting. Bob turned to him and said, ‘As far as I’m concerned, Leonard, you’re Number 1. I’m Number Zero’ ·  New Yorker

 

  • This week is Sylvia Plath’s birthday. Listen to her sassy interview with the BBC from 1962: Plath is about to turn 30, has split up with her husband Ted Hughes and is experiencing a period of unprecedented productivity – dashing off the stark, shocking poems which will form her seminal collection Ariel. In less than a year’s time, she will commit suicide · BBC

 

 

 

 

 

 

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