If I begin this by saying, “If memory serves” or some equivalent, please be aware that I’m turning head-first into the cliché. Because that’s the thing: sometimes, memory has to serve. One of the most breathtaking accounts of a live performance I’ve ever experienced comes from a Lester Bangs essay about seeing Van Morrison in the mid-1970s. It is jaw-droppingly good; so good, in fact, that the event as I imagine it gives me chills whenever I think about it. […]
In our afternoon reading: musicians react to Ferguson, Chuck Wendig on social media and empathy, an interview with Anthony Hegarty, Emily St. John Mandel on the new Lars Iyer novel, and more.