Finishing this up. My days turned to weeks. 9. Nicolas Roeg allows viewers much room to intuit connections in The Man Who Fell to Earth. The first few minutes are among the most illogical. All you have to go on is the title. Something seems to explode in the sky and crash into a lake. […]Read More Random Thoughts on The Man Who Fell to Earth, Concluded
Each time I watch The Man Who Fell to Earth, I wonder anew. I have no thesis here, so these thoughts just roughly follow the chronology of the movie. Bowie’s character does not smoke cigarettes during the movie. Buck Henry’s Oliver Farnsworth does in the first scene in which he appears and at least once […]Read More Some Random Thoughts on The Man Who Fell to Earth, Part 1
Bowie on Outside in 1995 interview with Larry Katz: “Outside is set at the end of the millennium. What are your thoughts about what’s in store?” Bowie: “‘I’m very positive about it. …What Brian and I are trying to do is develop a series of albums that trace the last five years of the ‘90s. […]Read More Philip Hoare’s RisingTideFallingStar: Frock Coats and the End of Empire
Last week I came across Billy Collins’ poem “Embrace” — and I learned the rules* have changed, so I can offer it in totality, which is a good thing because you need it all. Embrace You know the parlor trick. wrap your arms around your own body and from the back it looks like someone […]Read More Evocation: Billy Collins’ “Embrace”
“This way or no way/ You know, I’ll be free” Two Lazaruses: a song and a play; a beggar who stays dead, and a youth who walks out of his grave and into legend. If Bowie’s last works were a parting message to his fans, why were there two of the same name but so […]Read More Liminal Lazaruses 3: Do You Want to Be Free?
“Love the alien as you love yourself; for you were once aliens in the Land of Egypt… “(Leviticus 19:34) “Thinking of a different time Palestine a modern problem Bounty and your wealth in land Terror in a best laid plan. . . ” (Bowie, “Loving the Alien”) “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled […]Read More Liminal Lazaruses 2: Loving the Alien
Bowie’s Lazaruses (Blackstar’s and the musical’s), Anna Kavan’s, the beggar Lazarus, Lazarus of Bethany: I’ve been thinking about Lazaruses a lot lately. “I’m a dying man who can’t die”– David Bowie and Enda Walsh, Lazarus: A The Musical We know Thomas James Newton can die; he is mortal. That, after all, is why he is on […]Read More The Liminality of Lazaruses, part 1