“Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You” by Bob Dylan
Whenever I hear this song, I think of my thesis advisor and the stories he used to tell us stories about the poetry scene in Buffalo in the 70s. He’d tell us stories about Robert Creeley, Charles Olson, and Robert Duncan (all of whom taught at the University of Buffalo) and about how many recognizable poets (Gregory Corso, Amiri Baraka, and Jim Carroll) used to crash on his couch when they were in town. But the best story he ever told was about Bob Dylan on the Rolling Thunder Revue.
It begins with Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, and my advisor eating at some diner and planning a road trip to Toronto. After deciding this would be a good idea, someone recommended that they “Call O.J. and invite him.” I’m not sure exactly how the story ended (or if it’s even legal to reveal the ending), but even without O.J., the road trip seemed epic. The next day, Dylan and Ginsberg were back on tour, my advisor was back to teaching, and O.J. was back to running through airports. But eventually the phone would ring and Gary Snyder or Ted Berrigan or someone would be asking to crash on the couch.
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