I believe that all work is necessarily of its specific time. There’s just no getting around that, even if you’re consciously writing historical or speculative fiction. I’m not interested in zeitgeists, but I am interested in the way that people live, think, and speak; the technologies we use; our experience of ourselves and each other in everyday life. I think that when people say great books are ‘timeless’ they don’t—or they shouldn’t—mean that the book is unmoored from its own moment or shot like a rocket beyond the orbit of history, or whatever. It’s rather that the work is so firmly rooted that it continues to grow and live with the world as it changes. Leaves of Grass, Moby-Dick, Middlemarch, Independent People, Housekeeping: these books aren’t rockets, they’re trees.
Justin Taylor, author of Flings
Someone liked a thing I said!
Megafaun with John Darnielle and Justin Vernon cover the Grateful Dead’s “Friend of the Devil.”
Hiss Golden Messenger - Onder Invloed session. Recordings like this are the reason this blog exists.
1. One Morning In May (Traditional)
2. Into The Mystic (Van Morrison)
3. What Comes After The Blues (Jason Molina / Magnolia Electric Co.)
4. Bad Debt (Hiss Golden Messenger)
5. Lateness Of Dancers (Hiss Golden Messenger)
Will Oldham sets D.H. Lawrence’s “The Risen Lord” to music on his “black/rich” EP. There’s another version—that I like a lot less—on one of his albums.