Self portrait. 29 September 2013.
So there you have it … turned 4 today!
"Say what you are. Not what you would like to be. Not what you have to be. Just say what you are. And what you are is good enough." - John Cassavetes.
Eve Arnold, A Self-Portrait in a distorting mirror, 42nd Street, New York, 1950
It’s no secret that PJ Harvey has a bookish bent. She’s guest-designed an issue (PDF) of the literary magazine Zoetrope: All-Story and, as we discussed in an earlier PJ Harvey Tuesday, referenced T. S. Eliot. So it should come as no great surprise that her 1998 album Is This Desire? bites a few moves from literary sources. In particular, the first single, “A Perfect Day Elise,” takes its title and several of its lines from “A Perfect Day for Bananafish,” the first of the famous Glass family stories by yet another double-initialed author: J. D. Salinger. (Trivia buffs will note that the first track, “Angelene,” also steals a line from a Salinger story—”Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes”—but the similarities more or less end there.)
PJ Harvey Tuesday #7: “A Perfect Day Elise” by Lauren O’Neal