I imagine Robert Zimmerman being annoyed upon learning that Bob Dylan was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature. Robert Zimmerman is not a Bob Dylan fan, and he’s especially not a fan of Bob Dylan’s fans. Literature is Robert Zimmerman’s game.

You might know Robert Zimmerman by a couple of his pen names. He’s Robert Alexander, author of The New York Times best seller The Kitchen Boy. He’s also mystery writer R.D. Zimmerman. These noms de plume were picked, in part, to dissociate from the guy with the harmonica he refers to as “The Dreaded Him” and “The Other.”

Zimmerman compounded things with a move to Minnesota. He was listed in the phone book. This led to being woken in the middle of the night by drunken European Bob Dylan fans.

On his “Love And Theft” album from 2001 Bob Dylan, through lyrical and musical appropriation, crafted the album’s opening song “Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum” to operate as a secret answer record, or meta-response, to the Grateful Dead’s “Uncle John’s Band.” Dylan is responding to a series of allusions used by Robert Hunter.

In 2006 poet and critic Stephen Scobie, author of Alias Bob Dylan, presented a paper titled "WHISKEY SAUCE: or, CHRONICLES: VOLUME TWO." In it he devotes a substantial chunk to exploring a "apparently simple or inconsequential" passage from Dylan’s Chronicles: Volume One. Scobie was right to be intrigued by the passage, but his analysis came up short, in that he missed a fascinating thing that Dylan does with the writing of Ernest Hemingway.

"Lots of places to hide things, you want to hide them bad enough. Ain't like Easter eggs, like Christmas presents. Like life and death." - Larry Brown, “Kubuku Rides (This Is It)”

For April Fool's Day 2012 I posted an essay that demonstrates how Bob Dylan incorporated an encounter with an artist who exists only as an April Fool's Day joke into his book Chronicles: Volume One.

"I search for phrases to sing your praises" - Johnny Mercer, "Too Marvelous For Words"

I wanted to read Jon Friedman's new book Forget About Today: Bob Dylan's Genius for (Re)invention, Shunning the Naysayers, and Creating a Personal Revolution, which is essentially a self-help book using the life and career of Bob Dylan as a template, because I was intrigued by one of the chapter titles. His eighth chapter is titled "Marry a Mermaid" and I wanted to see what he was getting at there.

"Well, I'm a genuine scoopologist, the name is Crow/Sitting up here, watching the show/In this one horse drive-through, forsaken, dried up piece of the world" - Marty Stuart, "The Observations of a Crow"

What struck me most about the tale of Jonah Lehrer and the fabricated Dylan quotes in his book Imagine: How Creativity Works was the cover-up story.

Name me someone that’s not a parasite and I’ll go out and say a prayer for him – "Visions Of Johanna"

With the approach of April Fool's Day I've found myself drawn to a passage that appears in the LIFE special edition on Bob Dylan, Forever Young: 50 Years Of Song, which will be continue to be available on newsstands for the next few months.

I noticed Austin Kleon, author of the forthcoming book Steal Like an Artist, recently tweeted about my 2010 post "The Strange Case of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell & Michael Stipe," which regards allegations of plagiarism directed at Dylan by Mitchell.

Courtiers are like magicians: They deceptively play with appearances, only letting those around them see what they want them to see. With so much deception and manipulation afoot, it is essential to keep people from seeing your tricks and glimpsing your sleight of hand. - Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power

Open confidences are being made every day, and it remains for the eye to train itself to see them without prejudice or restraint.