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Tuesday, 03 June 2008


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I'm trying to think of a more pretentious way to say "made me think" than "constellated," but I'm drawing a blank. Do you have any suggestions?

Robert Zimmerman

That man knows something about commitment. And pacing--a fine combination. And unvarnished honesty is always topical, don't you think?


But "constellated" actually doesn't mean "made me think." It means his mind drew lines between three otherwise unconnected objects and made a shape out of them, a shape that exists only in his mind (which raises the question of where his headless frame keeps that mind, but anyway), and then produced a lyric that corresponded to it. But wait, that's not all; then, he raised the very issue that the metaphor of the constellation foregrounds: whether a set of specks on the horizon actually *are* connected together, actually *are* a dragon, a dipper, or a hunter became a segue into the question of whether the unique conjuncture of those three issues in that song actually *is* a reference to how minority politics constructs its subject in the social landscape. "It looks like a figure carrying water pitchers, but does its zodiac really control my destiny?" I ask myself. "It seems topical, but how could Bruce Springsteen have known?" Only the gods know for sure; only the gods, Bruce, and Acephalous.

Tim Lacy

Is it just me, or is there a Springsteen song for all occasions? ...I'm not saying this is a bad thing. - TL

Mike Russo

There is not a Springsteen song that goes with the frisson of horror that comes of walking into your office one morning to see undergraduates having sex in it, to the best of my knowledge.

Although I can totally construct a High-Fidelity-style Springsteen talking-head-while-strumming-guitar vignette around it.

Slightly more on topic: yes, lovely song. He changes the line about "wolfman fairies" in the live in NYC record from 2000, correctly I think.

The Library

"His body hit the street with such a beautiful thud."

Works written, but is magic when sung.

Here's hoping for more Springsteen-related political news!

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