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Friday Foto: Happy 2011

My neighbor’s upgraded his holiday lawn display since the last time I posted photos, two years ago. I hope you all have a wonderful year, full of joy and sunshine and dreams fulfilled.

posted 31 December 2010 in Photos. no comments yet

Friday Foto: Merry Christmas

My best wishes to you and yours for a happy 2011, no matter what holiday you celebrate. This photo was taken in New York City a few years back–it’s an alternate shot from flipwalk #19. Posting on Rule Forty-Two will be irregular until early 2011. It’s left as an exercise for the reader to distinguish […]

posted 24 December 2010 in Photos. no comments yet

Got to Run to Keep from Hiding

I recently interviewed Gregg Allman for the second time; the first time was back in 1999, when I trailed him around the United States and wrote an epic history of the Allman Brothers Band. This time was just a phone conversation, but Allman was in good spirits (and recovering nicely from his liver transplant). “When […]

posted 20 December 2010 in Articles, Outside. 1 comment

1988 Countdown #46: Eddie Money, “Walk on Water”

(New to the countdown? Catch up here.) We come back from the commercial break to an interview clip of Mr. Edward Mahoney, better known to you and me as Eddie Money. “I like making videos,” he says, “because it’s an extension of the artist’s personality and, you know, like, on the radio, you don’t really […]

posted 17 December 2010 in 1988. 4 comments

Lust for Life

With the recent release of I Love You Philip Morris, it seemed like a propitious moment to add my Details cover story on Ewan McGregor to the archives. It dates from 1997, when he was filming the Star Wars prequels and starring in A Life Less Ordinary (an off-kilter romantic comedy that I thoroughly enjoyed, […]

posted 14 December 2010 in Archives, Articles. no comments yet

1988 Countdown: Commercial Break #22

(New to the countdown? Catch up here.) Robert Plant’s exploding lightbulb segues elegantly into a clip of a rocket taking off, heralding the sixth appearance of the promo spot for MTV’s “Big Bang ’89.” This time through, I’m admiring the work of the network’s graphics department: crosshairs moving across maps, an animated explosives detonator, grids […]

posted 9 December 2010 in 1988. 1 comment

Requiescat in Pace

Two excerpts from The Andy Warhol Diaries: one about Elaine Kaufman, who died a few days ago, and one about John Lennon, who died thirty years ago. Sunday, April 10, 1977 Andrea [Portago] said she was out with Dennis Hopper and they went up to Elaine’s and she started playing backgammon with Elaine and she […]

posted 8 December 2010 in Excerpts. no comments yet

Close Listening

One of the pleasures of shuffle-play on an iPod is learning new things about old songs through your headphones. This happened to me recently with two songs: 1. Billy Joel, “Big Shot.” I had forgotten Billy Joel’s vocals in the first five seconds of “Big Shot,” which I would transcribe as, “Sssssshmt. Oooh.” It sounds […]

posted 7 December 2010 in Tasty Bits. 2 comments

Mondegreen Update

I’m basically out of the mondegreen business these days, but I still file away misheard lyrics, and recently had two that you may find interesting. The first was from Jay-Z on his “Empire State of Mind” single with Alicia Keys. I thought he was rapping “Long live the World Trade / Long live the Kingdome,” […]

posted 2 December 2010 in Tasty Bits. no comments yet

Ten Years After

Another excerpt from the Andy Warhol Diaries.  Friday, June 2, 1978 Robert Kennedy, Jr. was on TV for the tenth anniversary of when his father was shot, so it’s ten years since I was shot, too–he was the day after me.

posted 1 December 2010 in Excerpts. no comments yet