Author Archives: Nick Cody

And yet another side of Bob Dylan

Since he was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature last week, the things being written about Bob Dylan have ranged from the ridiculous to the sublime. The Editorial Board of the New York Times, in a piece they titled How Dylan Became Dylan, wrote, “Dylan becoming Dylan wasn’t going to happen in small-town Minnesota. […]

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Touring the Garden

We call it “the Garden of Earthly Delights.” But we have no idea what name the artist Jheronimus Bosch intended for it. He died 500 years ago in April, and for all I know, perhaps exactly 500 years to the moment I clicked on the link to enter the new website dedicated to his masterpiece. […]

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Postscript: Bowie and Lucifer

“We were listening to a lot of Kendrick Lamar,” says producer Tony Visconti. “The goal was to avoid rock & roll” Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/the-inside-story-of-david-bowies-stunning-new-album-blackstar-20151123#ixzz43sxhv5bn ***** The wings of Coincidence flutter about me again. I had a bit more to say on the topic of Bowie and Lucifer so I decided to prepare a postscript to […]

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Wondering about Bowie

I wrote last week about the difficult pleasure of trying to interpret David Bowie’s songs. Some people probably think it’s pointless to try and find any meaning in his lyrics in the first place because of his famous “cut-up” method for generating lines. And others would argue in a general way that all art is […]

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Listening to Bowie: the playful dichotomies

David Bowie keeps getting more and more interesting. Never mind that he died on January 10 this year. Good works don’t die, and death doesn’t seem to have done anything to dull the luster of his songs. If literary immortality means achieving the kind of life now shared by the likes of Dante Alighieri and […]

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What is a blackstar?

Inscrutable. Opaque. Beautiful meaninglessness. Those are some of the words critics use to describe the songs of David Bowie, particularly his grand, 10 minute track off the new album with the same title, Blackstar. The video for the song Blackstar came out about a month ago. I saw it and was spellbound. I watched it […]

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A Web of Incidents, part two

Here is a mystery. And with all mysteries, it becomes real only when we stop to wonder about it. A mystery is not a mystery until someone asks a question. The situation: you are walking down the street and you see what appears to be a message embedded in the pavement. What does it say? […]

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A Web of Incidents, part one

Over the past year, one of my personal obsessions has been the films of Stanley Kubrick. The year before last, I read an article in the New Yorker about a new documentary called “Room 237”, which you can read here. Seeing the title, I was intrigued. Why would anyone make a feature length documentary about […]

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From My Reading List

In my last post I gave a brief summary of two main schools of thought in literature. The main focus of this discussion is novels and literary fiction. Not all works fit neatly into one of the two camps I mentioned, Beauty and Justice, and I grant that a great many books written with social […]

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The Goods

If you were looking over a fiction writer’s shoulder as she worked and asked her, “Why are you writing that?” Her various answers might boil down to a rather simple statement, “Because I want to make something good.” Of course, the seeming simplicity of that response is not really so simple. It begs the question, […]

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