Nothing about the Thin White Duke, the last of Bowie’s characters or personas, makes sense. There’s no story line to him, as there is with Ziggy, just the one song, “Station to Station.” And what an odd song it is: There seems to be a narrator in the first two lines (“The return of the […]Read More The Thin White Duke Laid to Rest and Psychic National Defense
“Did you always wear a cross?” I ask. “No.” Bowie murmurs. “I only started wearing one a couple of years ago. It came around that same LA period. I just felt I’d been pretty godless for a few years. It’s no great thing, just a belief, or let’s call it the usual force. Or God? […]Read More Bowie’s Cross: A Tool for Psychic Self-Defense?
The video of “Lazarus” isn’t the first recent Bowie video to allude to the Station to Station era. That would be “Love is Lost [Halloween Version]” from 2013, the one Bowie made himself with help from Coco Schwab and Jimmy King, using images from previous or planned videos. Remember the sad projected face of “Where Are […]Read More Lazarus’s Pajamas and the Return of the Thin White Duke
Bowie’s intelligence, the liveliness of his mind, his pursuit of knowledge and understanding, his respect for learning, his engagement with ideas, and his desire to share his enthusiasms are all reasons why he remains an intriguing and inspiring voice. Today’s post collects some of Bowie’s observations on teaching and learning. When he’s been asked what […]Read More Bowie on Books & the Gift of Curiosity