85% of a true story
“we don’t like seeing you dance, either”
“i punch my writers a lot”
how much control does a man have of himself and/or his legend? due to my participation this week in the rising stars conference and the binge of dvds from the last branch, i’ve had to renew some, purge others, and leave the latest ones on the shelf. as i enjoy soundtrack for a revolution (dir. bill guttentag & dan sturman, executive producer danny glover), i reflect on can’t stop (dir. rodman flender) and the ongoing public/private tension that we all (to varying degrees) grapple with, and wonder exactly how much is too much? why haven’t we figured out better questions to ask writers/performers, why can’t we relate to them in a way that doesn’t involve them trying to sell us a dream (only to resent us afterwards)-it’s like immigration-why come we haven’t figured out yet that it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be? how many more generations of folk need to uproot themselves, have their skills devalued, be alienated from their families, and suffer for a bullshit dream before we actually get it?
“Unless you’re Shannon Hoon, dying is the only thing that guarantees a rock star will have a legacy that stretches beyond temporary relevance. Somewhere, at some point, somebody decided that death equals credibility. And I want to figure out why that is. I want to find out why the greatest career move any musician can make is to stop breathing. I want to find out why plane crashes and drug overdoses and shotgun suicides turn long-haired guitar players into messianic prophets. I want to walk the blood-soaked streets of rock ‘n’ roll and chat with the survivors who writhe in the gutters. This notion became my quest. Instead of going to the places where everything happened, I would go to the places where everything stopped. I would get my death on.” (13)
“A genius can be a genius by trying to be a genius; a visionary can only have a vision by accident.” (89)
“I am going to be both brief and vague about all this, and you’ll just have to make up the plot points on your own. Sometimes your fiction needs to be somebody else’s fact.” (167)
i think i’m finally ready to try some of klosterman‘s fiction fiction, i’ve put deon cole on my list of folks to check out further, and i’ve got my fingers crossed that there will still be a ticket for me to kevin hart this evening.