Post-pastoral Bowie

And did those feet in ancient time Walk upon England’s mountains green: And was the holy Lamb of God, On England’s pleasant pastures seen! There’s a great scene in The Man Who Fell to Earth when Mary Lou [Candy Clark] takes Thomas Jerome Newton [Bowie] to church with her down in Artesia, NM. The pastor […]

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Hallo Spaceboys

How do things like this happen? How does an Eagle Scout, US Navy Captain, and retired Apollo astronaut end up in a movie with David Bowie that initially was rated X for full frontal male and female nudity*? What did they do, these retired astronauts, place ads?: “Wanted. Man who came closer to walking on […]

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Philip K. Dick’s VALIS and The Man Who Fell to Earth and Duncan Jones

Just like we think Bowie knows something  these people think I know something. — Philip K. Dick, Exegesis (283) When David Bowie took charge of his young son Zowie/Joey/Duncan’s life in the late 1970’s during his Berlin years, his values and priorities were clear to his son. Reflecting on his “fairly unusual upbringing,” Duncan Jones […]

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[No Longer] Crashing in the Same Car

Crashing in the Same Car All accounts I have read suggest that David Robert Jones [Bowie] was a cherished if not planned child. Both his parents, however, had histories of child abandonment, either accidental or deliberate. His paternal grandfather died in WWI, and his grandmother soon afterwards. Bowie’s dad, Haywood Stenton Jones, was born in […]

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Sound & Vision: Bruegel and Bowie

Early in Nicolas Roeg’s film of Walter Tevis’s novel The Man Who Fell to Earth, Dr.  Bryce (Rip Torn), who will oversee the development of an intergalatic vehicle for Thomas Jerome Newton (Bowie), browses through a book of the paintings of Bruegel the Elder, paying particular attention to Landscape with the Fall of Icarus. If […]

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