Dylan says the people accusing him of plagiarizing literary figures are “wussies and pussies,” and that critics have been trying to drag him down for decades. Via Rolling Stone:
It goes way back. These are the same people that tried to pin the name Judas on me. Judas, the most hated name in human history! If you think you’ve been called a bad name, try to work your way out from under that. Yeah, and for what? For playing an electric guitar? As if that is in some kind of way equitable to betraying our Lord and delivering him up to be crucified. All those evil motherfuckers can rot in hell.
Haters gonna hate, Bob. Haters gonna hate.
Speaking of critics, here’s Pitchfork’s somewhat lukewarm review of Dylan’s new record, Tempest.