Paul Simon’s being too snarky for his own good. He was an angsty boy in the 60’s, and mostly that came out in plaintive ballads. But apparently he also had a mean Bob Dylan impression in him. He nails the cadence – Dylan’s signature Midwesterner-does-New-York-Jew as done by an actual New York Jew. He nails the verbosity, which is also, of course, the posturing of a Midwesterner doing New York. It’s also a very modern song. We can certainly relate to the sensation that pop culture references and tedious political figures are all anyone ever talks about and we’re all slowly being reference-pointed into submission.