I think you are right about the lyrics, they move me almost as memories-
that's so interesting about irony. I find it v hard to imagine a mind
without it, but suddenly irony seems rather sly and evasive in comparison
with pure passion!
Not a thought that will endure I am certain.
I had a Canadian girlf for a long time, and she really struggled with the
constant withering ironies of my teenage daughter's conversation, Martha
patiently explained and tried to teach her but she never really caught on.
Do give us an update on the other two events Alison....
2008/10/11 Alison Croggon <[log in to unmask]>
> Hi Liz and Doug - I kind of had to keep pinching myself, especially
> when she was singing (ohmigod, Patti Smith is sitting next to
> me...ohmgod...) It was hard to keep the fangirl under control, and
> even though she was totally without pretension or side, just straight
> up and candid and relaxed, that was quite hard. She's some presence.
> She was interesting and fun. Talking about Bulgakov (The Master and
> Magerita is her favourite book) she said: "I've no time for irony, for
> satire". Afterwards, I thought that's true, it's her shining virtue -
> she just raw duende with no excuse or escape. And still like that at
> 61. I totally admire that. It's also what's wrong with her poems,
> although there are some Blakean lyrics and some prose poems that are
> really very beautiful. The true art is in performance.
> I've admired her for years. The first two albums I bought with my own
> money, back when I was a lonely and troubled 15yo, were Easter and
> Bowie and Eno's Heroes. I'm seeing her tonight in concert. And then
> her tribute to Ginsberg with Phillip Glass tomorrow night. Can't wait.
> On Sun, Oct 12, 2008 at 2:56 AM, Douglas Barbour
> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > 'Nice one, Croggers!'
> > Indeed. Wow.
> > Doug
> > On 10-Oct-08, at 3:44 PM, Alison Croggon wrote:
> >> http://theatrenotes.blogspot.com/2008/10/patti-smith-at-readings.html
> >> xA
> >> --
> >> Editor, Masthead: http://www.masthead.net.au
> >> Blog: http://theatrenotes.blogspot.com
> >> Home page: http://www.alisoncroggon.com
> > Douglas Barbour
> > [log in to unmask]
> > http://www.ualberta.ca/~dbarbour/
> > Latest books:
> > Continuations (with Sheila E Murphy)
> > http://www.uap.ualberta.ca/UAP.asp?LID=41&bookID=664
> > Wednesdays'
> > It was like watching Gidget address the Reichstag.
> > Matt Taibi
> Editor, Masthead: http://www.masthead.net.au
> Blog: http://theatrenotes.blogspot.com
> Home page: http://www.alisoncroggon.com
In my Blakean year
Temptation but a hiss
Just a shallow spear
Robed in cowardice