Frederick Exley, A Fan’s Notes; c. 1968
If this at all compels you, read Exley’s book as well as this feature.
Every once in awhile, I return to the Random Wodehouse Generator for a brief but intense bout of highly literate fun.
Have you seen Beck’s cover of David Bowie’s “Sound and Vision”?
Not heard, but seen - because phenomenal though the music is (and I really do think it’s phenomenal), the live performance is electric. If, like me, you are a cretin who has yet to watch the 157-PIECE ORCHESTRA DIRECTED BY BECK’S FATHER perform Bowie’s 1977 single, please take my advice and watch this video. Delight in Beck’s unexpected musical arrangements. Regardez Chris Milk’s generous swirling cameras. Feeling snappy? Clap your hands. And when you hit the 6:49-minute mark, sheer ecstasy will kick in.
Daniel Kukla, “Porcupine Wash”; Joshua Tree National Park, 2012
From the excellent “Looking at the Land: 21st Century American Views” series.
Rob Dubbin, “Faraway: The Makings of a Universe”; The New Yorker, May 2013