Neil Young is sixty-nine today.
This is how Serendipity works: it is true that yesterday's post's punch line re: My Sillyass Deserted Island Five Game was bait for Landru, but only hours after posting did I notice the Serendipity in the title I gave the post - I usually use a line from the poem in the post for that post's title, but since there was no poem in yesterday's post I named the post with a play on the word trinity to mock myself for the time and energy and seriousness I put into MSADI5G. Thus Quintity. I don't know why I then chose the word Obtained. A Milton thing is my best guess. But, Quintity Obtained, quintity obtained, QO, where Casa Satanica, castle of Landru, is located. SERENDIPITY BE BLESSED! I swear I would fuck it up if I tried to do it on purpose! I do not believe in God but I have never given up on faith.
- The purple haze of a U.S. judge.
- Commitment to a losing cause.
- Twilight of the oligarchs.
- How capitalism will end.
- Libyan lessons learned.
- Character as personal destiny.
- The Candidate for AUL of RICD.
- Sonic Youth covers Neil Young:
- Aesthetic v artistic valuation, part two.
- The reproductive and the perverse novel, a manifesto.
- Why read books?
- The banality of brilliance.
- There will be a new Ishiguro in March in the UK. Hey, any of you UK buds, if I send you the money to buy the book and ship it to me and buy yourself a few pints with the leftover change, will you?
- Architecture of the building I work in called soul-crushing. Be nice if the article included a photo, yes?
- Punk band covers the Grateful Dead.
- What you can buy me for Giftmas.
- Teddy Thompson profile has a bunch on his famous parents Richard and Linda.
- Hymn to Life.
- This Neil Young cover of a Gordon Lightfoot song slays me.
IN A LANDSCAPE: III
It appears that we’re living (which isn’t always the case), depending
on how one defines such things, in a “now you see it /
now you see it” kind of way. We can say we’re working on our age,
as well, listening to Bob Dylan songs where people can age
in whatever direction supports the theme. “Too bad life doesn’t
get themes,” Robin says, and yes, that’s right, and then we can all go
do whatever it was we were going to do anyway. “It’s either that,
or pay off the kidnapper,” as Neil Young had it, back in the mid-70s.
There’s always an analogue, and someone to tell us about it,
how, no matter how fast you run, you can’t run fast enough
to get away from yourself. You could even call it a theme.
For instance, I was the first one to an eighteen-wheeler accident
on the highway once, in the early 90s. I didn’t know what
I was going to find. It was just tossed there on its side, across
both lanes. So I got out of the car and walked around to the front,
only to see the driver standing inside the cab that was resting
on the driver-side door. He was simply standing there behind the glass,
parallel with the dashboard, a little blood on his forehead, looking
as lost as I felt, looking back at him. All his things (magazines
and maps and cigarettes and pens and snacks) in a little pile at his feet.
When I left, a guy was hitting the windshield with a baseball bat.
You go to the room, and the place you like to sit
is missing. This is an opportunity to trust, I suppose, or perhaps
for blind panic, if one were to consider this a metaphor
for something. But say it’s not, say there are no such things
as metaphors for a moment, and where does that get you?
Presently, it gets me to a row of green and yellow plastic chairs,
those 1950s-looking ones I imagine Kenton would like
to collect. They’re joined together by shiny metal clasps, chrome,
and the whole thing is full of sunlight through the plate glass
window. It’s the kind of scene I think of as lickable, how everything
looks like cheerful candy, and I wonder if there might be a way
to be there or here without a beginning, or without an ending,
or if perhaps there might be a concept for no middle.