Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Charlie Watts: Selling Out? When I Wrote Just For Money

He thinks he will leave. School life is unreal. All this is unreal. He has had enough. He can’t bear his colleagues. He can’t bear the boys any more either; en masse, he thinks, they’re horrible, like haddocks. He has to get out. He’ll live on his writing. His last book did well. He’ll write more. He’ll take a cottage in Scotland and spend his days fishing for salmon. Perhaps he’ll take the barmaid with him as his wife, the dark-eyed beauty he’s been courting for months, though he’s only in love with her emotionally, so far, and he hasn’t got anywhere, really, and those long hours sitting at the bar reduce him too often to hopeless drunkenness. He drinks too much. He has drunk too much, and he has been unhappy for a long time. But things are certain to change.

The notebook he writes in is grey. He’s stuck a photograph of one of his grass snakes on the cover, and written ETC above it in ink. The snake is suitable because this is his dream diary, though there are other things in it too: scraps of writing, lesson plans, line drawings of sphinxes and clawed dragons rampant, and the occasional stab at self-analysis:
1) Necessity of excelling in order to be loved.1
2) Failure to excel.
3) Why did I fail to excel? (Wrong attitude to what I was doing?)
Helen Macdonald, H is for Hawk

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Charlie Watts RIP

Some things need to be noted, and Charlie Watts’ death is one of them. I am too much a Stones fan not to do so.
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Life: Ladies And Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones!

It’s sad to acknowledge that time, eventually is not on our side. Mortality catches up to us all. The Rolling Stones, one of the most enduring rock ’n’ roll institutions, has lost its drummer Charlie Watts...

Someone once told me that Charlie Watts doesn’t hit the drums, he pulls the sound out of them. In a band full of outrageous characters, Charlie was the center of gravity. Like a ticking watch in the eye of a hurricane. Quiet & reserved, a good man who once punched mick jagdev...


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I have posted this as a Twitter thread this morning. I suspect I will not be popular with some for doing so. But that is
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Selling Out? When I Wrote Just For Money

"This was a question I also grappled with: could my creative prostitution involve high art, be the literary equivalent of Belle de Jour (1967), stylish and sexy, or would I have to roil in whorish filth, using cheap metaphors and knocked-off cliches?" - Aeon

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