David is popping up in Dulltown…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s quotation is from Vladimir Nabokov’s short story Ultima Thule of 1940:
One must picture this hotel, tucked up in the feathered armpit of a hill overgrown with mimosa, and the little lane, not fully built up yet, with its half-dozen tiny villas, where radio sets sang in the small human space between the stardust and the sleeping oleanders, while crickets zinked the night with their stridulation in the vacant lot under Falter’s open third-story window.

Here’s a view of Dulltown city centre I took on Boxing Day, (the day after Christmas Day for my non-UK and Commonwealth readers), the second day of Christmastide, it is also St Stephen’s Day. It was a chilly afternoon, but it was snow and sleet free.
As you can see, that’s a picture of the late David Bowie on the right. This poster has suddenly appeared all over town.
I see that now that he’s safely dead someone has decided to cash in on his name and bring out a range of surprisingly expensive David Bowie watches for us to buy. Does anyone else find that a bit odd, and perhaps a bit distasteful, as I do?
Not that I was a fan of Bowie and his music of course – not my style – it was too ‘nice’, ‘bland’, ‘popular’ and too ‘easy listening’ for me. I don’t think Mr Bowie is up there in the great pantheon of rock gods hobnobbing with Keith and Mick, and Lennon and McCartney, Lou Reed, Ray Davies, etc; he always looked to me like an actor playing the part of a pop star in some slightly tatty stage play or TV series – ‘rock star’ characters in such things are never very convincing are they?
Of course David did a bit of acting too, but he really wasn’t very good at it was he? He always seemed to play himself and just read the lines – am I being a bit harsh here? Probably…
The photo of him on the watch advert looks like it was taken when he was quite young – Hey, look at me, I’ve got my hat on! But looking at that face is pretty unsettling – there’s nothing there is there? It’s blank, there’s no warmth, no character, humour, humanity, no hint of intelligence – just like a fashion model, he looks like he’d rather not be there at all. Ah, yes, the word I’m searching for here is ‘cool’ – he’s being ‘cool’… That’s it… That’s what he did with his life, he was cool, and people liked that, and they bought it, big time.
I expect they’ll buy the watch too…

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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3 Responses to David is popping up in Dulltown…

  1. Sharon Mann says:

    Great view on this Dulltown street. I love the architecture. It is good image of David Bowie, but, you are right a bit distasteful to make money from his death.

  2. Dana Doran says:

    Yes, it’s too soon.
    No, not really.
    No he wasn’t, and you’re not at all!
    Oh, that is a blank stare…..maybe drugs?
    No doubt.

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