By Bowie, David; Critchley, Simon
An impressive and deceptively narrow e-book, within which no essay takes longer to learn than it is going to take to hear a David Bowie music, yet during which there's a cumulative feel of revelation as regards what makes Bowie specific, and why it truly is that his paintings turns out to yield extra, the extra time you spend there. The booklet is pleasant, hugely readable, with bits of Nietzsche, Ruskin, Roland Barthes and Deleuze emerging up like wisps of cloud in its humorous, relocating and passionate box of inquiry. -Rick Moody, Salon
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We know that they are all fakes. So, how, in all this fakery, does something true emerge? One might reply that it just does, and you just feel it (or you don’t—after all, there’s no accounting for taste, particularly bad taste), citing that famous line from “Changes”: So I turned myself to face me But I’ve never caught a glimpse Of how the others must see the faker I’m much too fast to take that test. To turn yourself to face yourself is not to confront your authentic subjectivity. It is to see nothing, not even a glimpse.
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Radio silence. I moved to New York City, Bowie’s adopted home. Maybe I would bump into him in the street. In 2004, there were stories of a heart attack in Germany, followed by rumors of illness, of lung cancer, of emphysema, all sorts of maladies. Late one night in Manhattan a few years back, I found myself in the apartment directly beneath Bowie’s while visiting a friend. I kept looking at the ceiling nervously, feeling like a sad middle-aged stalker. I even forced the host to play the whole of Ziggy Stardust, although very quietly, just in case he was trying to sleep.