Neil Young is a punctured idealist, a fallen romantic fighting to stand up. He struggles with the innocence of the classic hippie ideals: that love and peace can reign, that truth, forever sought, might be found. At heart, he’s a self-loathing cynic, angry at his own cursed sympathies, a loner who understands all too well Read More
By Lucas Hanft 1/20/03 12:00am
Joseph Arthur was on a van traveling through the South of France. He was on his way to another club gig in another town where practically nobody would know his name or his music, but it didn’t seem to bother him.
“I think people who remain slightly under the radar are sort of the Read More
By Lucas Hanft 8/26/02 12:00am
Why is Conor Oberst so desperate to reveal everything about himself-except his name? The 22-year-old Mr. Oberst, who hails from Omaha, Neb., and records under the stage moniker Bright Eyes, has always come across musically as something of a changeling-the High Plains Drifter of singer/songwriters. But Bright Eyes also seems to be sending the message Read More
By Lucas Hanft 6/10/02 12:00am
In Ravelstein , author Saul Bellow depicts the title character of his latest novel, Abe Ravelstein, as a larger-than-life bon vivant , a man with a “bald powerful head” and “finely made hands.” The publishers of the French edition of Mr. Bellow’s book have envisioned a much different Ravelstein on the cover, however, and at Read More