The West has always been, in part, a thing of our imagination

That corner in Winslow Arizona, the one with the pretty girl and the flatbed Ford? Actually happened in Flagstaff, the truck was a Toyota.: Browne was traveling through Arizona when he began working on the song. But the scene about the corner and a girl in the Ford was written by Frey after Browne related …

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The advantage, from an audience perspective, of music over painting

Joshua Cooper Ramo’s got some great schtick his new book about Picasso that has me pondering again the remarkable intellectual trajectory that leads from the raw innovation of Les Demoiselles to the crisp completion of the thought in Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase. Lots of cubism after that point, but in some sense the space …

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Daybook

reading:The Nature of Economies, by Jane Jacobs listening: Bongo Fury word of the day: fuggy – stuff or smelly paper of the day: lead in the North Pacific – Ice cores from the Yukon record rising lead levels resulting from the industrialization of Asia

I’m Jimmy Carl Black, the Indian of the Group

Back in the summer of ’78, my friend John Colton visited me in L.A. It was his first visit, and while we were there, he made sure we drove around Beverly Hills, looking for jockeys on rick people’s lawns. Dweezil and the gang played Uncle Reemus at last night’s Zappa Plays Zappa Plays Zappa gig …

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