By: Franklin Bruno
“The most famous unknown artist in New York.”
Works of art to be completed by the audience…
His sound was brawny, guttural, and tremendously expressive.
“We ought to go into rehab, but we’re too stoned to care.”
High modernist experiments executed at pulpsmith rates.
A practicalminded brand of utopian modernism…
A brilliant, principled actress typecast as a ditz or naïf.
“I use all my skills to make situations as chaotic as possible.”
Andre Bazin wrote “he directs facts” — but did he?
“I decided to face reality by writing lyrics.”
He preferred thieves and roués to bosses, bureaucrats, and burghers.
His bulk and blokeishness made him the perfect frontman for Madness.
His pursuit of formal balance hardly numbed him to racial concerns.
For Beckett, joking — like farting — is a futile but necessary stay against death and time.
His stylistic mastery renders all encomia to his “voice” ridiculous.