. . . resides in America, creates his art out of America, helps illuminate America, but he doesn’t make his home in America.
Like David Crockett, Jim Bowie, William B. Travis, among others, he’s only at home, only himself, on the frontier, in places not yet settled, in places yet to be defined.
It’s hard to get your mind around Texas in 1835, a province of Mexico, officially, but really an experiment in political liberty and entrepreneurial skulduggery — a land of limitless corruption, limitless idealism, limitless possibility.
It was, in short, the heart of the American dream, where the only unforgivable sins were timidity and mediocrity. Dylan still sings from the heart of that heart.