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April 30, 2010


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Kelley Kawano

Probably an odd example to cite, but the title essays from F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Crack-Up do it for me. Written after the relatively indifferent reception of Gatsby and Tender, the three pieces are unflinchingly honest about the emotional and psychological debit that creation inflicts on the artist: "the state of emotional exhaustion that often overtakes writers in their prime." I realize that this sounds more depressing than inspiring, but the way Fitzgerald talks himself back from his breakdown is paradoxically comforting. I keep them handy for when I'm having trouble writing or feel discouraged by the work. Amazingly, they are online; Esquire, who originally published them in 1936, made them available a few years ago.


Speaking of copyleft.... Joni Mitchell's interview with the LA Times was prompted by John Kelly's faithful recreation of her persona and songs, with her cooperation. And, in context, this is what she said about Dylan:

"LAT: As well, you've had experience becoming a character outside yourself [Mitchell caused controversy when she appeared as an African American male on the cover of her 1977 album, "Don Juan's Reckless Daughter"].The folk scene you came out of had fun creating personas. You were born Roberta Joan Anderson, and someone named Bobby Zimmerman became Bob Dylan.

JM: Bob is not authentic at all. He's a plagiarist, and his name and voice are fake. Everything about Bob is a deception. We are like night and day, he and I.

As for my name, my parents wanted a boy, so they called me Robert John; when I came out a girl, they just added two letter A's to that. Then I married Chuck Mitchell; I wanted to keep my maiden name — I had a bit of a following as Joni Anderson — but he wouldn't let me."

How does this tie in to Lethem's essay? He dedicates a paragraph of Dylan's appropriative tendencies.


*to* Dylan's appropriative tendencies. oops.

Term Paper

Good post, thanks for that ;)


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