Mr Zimmerman says:
Q: You talk as if you are terribly separated from people.
A: I’m not disconnected from anything because of a force, just habit, it’s just the way I am. I don’t know, I have an idea, that it’s easier to be disconnected than to be connected. I’ve got a huge hallelujah for all the people who’re connected, that’s great, but I can’t do that. I’ve been connected so many times. Things haven’t worked out right, so rather than break myself up, I just don’t get connected.
Q: Are you just trying to avoid being hurt again?
A: I haven’t been hurt at the time, the realization is afterwards. Just looking back on it, thinking about it, it’s just like a cold winter.
Q: Do you avoid close relationships with people?
A: I have relationships with people. People like me, also disconnected, there are a lot of disconnected people. I don’t feel alienated, or disconnected, or afraid. I don’t feel there’s any kind of organization of disconnected people. I just can’t go along with any kind of organization. Some day I might find myself all alone in a subway car, stranded when the lights go out, with 40 people, and I’ll have to get to know them. Then I’ll just do what has to be.
—Bob Dylan Talking by Joseph Haas
Published in Chicago Daily News 27 Nov 1965
Reprinted in “Retrospective” ed. by Craig McGregor