20 November 2008
Is the problem that we can't see, or is it that the problem is beautiful to me?
Downtown, Galax, VA
A couple weeks ago, I thought to myself, as the Jonathan Richman song goes, "I'm gonna walk up the street 'cause I have nowhere else to go." So I slapped on the Mizuno Wave-Balance sneakers and walked, down by the empty factory buildings (Vaughn-Bassett, Webb, etc.) where my dad spent most of his young adult life (his 20's and 30's anyway), and back up into town where my grandfather, who I haven't seen in over 10 years, still presumably lives in a one room apartment across from the Rex Theatre. These photos are the detritus of that little walk.
In case anyone is interested: over at Pitchfork, they're streaming Michael Tully's documentary Silver Jew, which follows David Berman's band The Silver Jews on their first tour--through the middle east cities of tel aviv and jerusalem. It's streaming for one week only, so get on over there and check it out.
The Modern Lovers, "Pablo Picasso"