My reaction to Bob Dylan’s “Chronicles Vol I,” which I read at a lightning pace, is, oddly, similar to that of Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ.” It is a story for insiders. If you don’t know your way around the Folk Revival scene or Dylan’s discography, you will be lost. While some of the yarns he spins are fun (some are hilarious) and his turns of phrase are, well, Dylanesque, I could understand if someone threw this book across the room and shouted, “Who cares?!?” (I know one woman who did.) A large chunk of the small book gives exacting details on the recording process of his relatively obscure late 80s album “Oh Mercy.” Now, as it happens, “Oh Mercy” is one of my favorite Dylan albums — and, since it was released at an imprssionable time for me, it is one of the most important albums in the soundtrack of my life. But the average person who is fond of “Like A Rolling Stone” and “Tangled Up In Blue” will not have heard of any of these songs. . . so despite how jauntily Dylan writes, it may be flat out uninteresting to anyone who isn’t already a Dylan enthusiast. But who cares? I liked the book and await parts 2 and 3. Interesting to know Dylan considers whimsical conceptual artist Red Grooms an influence on his songwriting. And that he liked Barry Goldwater. I was particularly delighted by all the nice things he said about Dave Van Ronk. I was lucky enough to chew the fat with Dave on more than one occassion (back when *I* positively lived on 4th St.) and he was a hell of a guy.