A kangaroo walks into a bar and says to the bartender, “Blood is the lipstick of wounds.” The bartender does not know how he said it or why.
Lou Reed is most remembered for the drone of his Warhol days & his walk on the wild side, but his love songs were so sweet & sincere
The Kinks’ “Waterloo Sunset” is like a secret that you want to share far and wide, a song about not needing friends just as you realize how much you need friends, a song that taught this writer a thing or two about emotional connection and atmosphere and what it feels like to fall in love with other people’s love.
I’ve been meaning to hear this album for years … I had no idea it’s so amazing. It’s not as Ramones as you expect from the Ramones but the gap is filled with Phil Spector
Atheists also do not believe in Bigfoot.
I know there is a technical term for this style of plot — probably “episodic” — and I might sound like I’m off my rocker, but I think of Happy Talk as having a parade-style storyline. Each chapter presents itself like a parade float rolling down the street in a procession. You can still see the tail end of the float that passed already and catch a glimpse of the next one coming, but the focus is mostly on what’s right in front of you at a given moment. In another spin on the “float” concept, I like moments in novels that seem to hover without any kind of plot. Plots are so often centered on a problem that needs to be solved and characters who want something they can’t (yet) have. But every now and then, a novelist manages to create a moment not driven by any kind of problem or desire but rather just hovers and still wholly engages and delights. I’m not sure a novelist can sustain that effect over a long work, but I wanted to pepper Happy Talk with as many hovering moments as I could.