Friday, October 07, 2016
I liked his splendid summary about legendary rock stars and their early deaths - "Aging is scary but fascinating." His summary? "The exit in a blaze of glory is bullshit."(p. 214) His analysis about learning the limitations of his own singing voice and transcending them was also great (p. 494)
His wise decision to seek analysis to help him through depression does not make the most interesting reading: there is a lot of inner-child speak and other junk.
Later in the book, he assumes his more bloviated gospel-preacher voice, and tends to philosophize generally and use some of his more obvious song metaphors, rather than provide details. Still, for a notoriously private individual who perversely gives so much of himself publically in performance, the book showed me important stuff in his life.
the "Chapter and verse" spotify playlist is great - not as much for the Springsteen songs themselves (who hasn't heard them? and a million times?) as for the 100 or so songs by other artists that were crucial to him.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Monday, September 12, 2016
A heavy book-- the second half really picks up.
It's heavy because it threatens to be so many other books -- an immigrant experience book, a war book, a spy book -- on the way in the end to be a much more philosophical book about existence and doubleness and memory.
And a truly pentrating look at the past fifty years from inside a Vietnamese mind.