Read my new spin interview feature by our favorite artists and dedicated to books.
He can’t help it: Ricky Lee Jones creates poetry wherever he goes. His memoirs, Last Chance Texaco: Chronicles of an American Trabadaur, Released in April, was written in rich, charming, dusty language just like his songs. From its beginning to its end, Ricky Lee Jones has a romance. As he tells me: “This is a story written by a generation, which was a living human experience in my family and told through my experience, you will see how mythical it has become for me. These are my Hades, my Penelope, my Homer. The man here is one of my eye monsters. “
Ricky Lee took a break at the end of a few months-long music and book tour so he could tell us the stories he left behind and if Chuck E was still in love.
Spin: Is it more cathartic, writing a song or writing this book?
Ricky Lee Jones: It’s more like comparing orgasm. In the morning or after a long break?
A song চিত্র a picture of where I am and where I am going. No matter the way I tell the story to the elephant or shoe boy or my mother, it’s a story to me at an ideal time, the song is part of a larger group of records that turn a dial into a new time. Song [are] Short story, but collection [is] A movie. Cathartic means that “if this time ends, a new time begins.”
The book, because it is not fiction, not fiction, yet involved my imagination and skill, also served the Cathartic gods.
So now that it’s done, hopefully the impact on the world hasn’t ended, I’m glad I got the courage to tell stories, my family is dead to me, or alive, and I think it says something about me that I want. What I set out to do বলতে to tell an American story, a woman’s Odyssey, a true life drama আমি I did it. And more. But I’m not particularly renewing. I’m satisfied.
But any other day, when I’m not tired of driving eight hours on the road, flying two planes and driving three hours, it can be cathartic above all.
What story did you leave out that you wanted?
I edited a lot in the last go-round of reading. The main topic was short story, long version with year, long version with mark 6. There was a story of walking across the black top, without shoes, which proves how tough we were. Then running and standing on our towels, the red ant burrowed into the new blacktop and it was just a trick to get a swimming pool. Then I stay up all day, tired, never eating, dancing to the new British Pop-Rolling Stones, the summer of ’65 with my cousin. Although music always means a lot to me more than anyone else. It’s not like I lived there, it was a story I had to give up if I had to come down to 400 pages. For some reason it is difficult to find people to buy 400 pages.
When in your life have you felt that you have accomplished what you set out to do? (Have you ever felt it?)
Well, no … I never felt that way. I try to tell myself, look what you have done, what you are doing, exactly what you want, what you have dreamed. But there is always a weakness in this. It’s hard work.
Which writer inspired you to write the story of your life?
Richard Price. Turns out It had a big impact on me, and when I thought about telling my story I would say that the form I wanted was a short story about a particular person or situation. Over time I have moved on to stories that inspire song titles. And then – like all my albums – some other acquaintance arose, the book had its own idea of what it wanted to be.
What are your regrets when you look back on your career and life?
Oh, you don’t want to know that. You have other articles to publish.
What is your favorite part of the book?
There are a few passages in which I have done a lot of work, in prose [Tom] Looking forward to the story, how it can be treated and it works and I am happy with most of it. Little girl, start with the frog, and bring the reader into my life that way. I like roles and roles. And, of course, the book was very difficult to finish, the last thing is not my strength, and I wrote in the end, a consent for my mother, my daughter, reminds the reader and myself that dignity is the greatest heaven in the end, the gravity that wings you The days can support, something you can use to fly, stay high. And that’s how you deal with these little things, the things we all have to deal with, not our children, our mothers and fathers, the press or the audience or the keyboard player.
It’s a human experience, family, the end of life, children, and that’s where I share my story with everyone. Until then, it’s pretty unique, I think.
What was the hardest part of writing?
The end. The last paragraph. It’s hard to give up. And I don’t like to say goodbye.
Do you want to take people away from reading your story?
First of all, my family was extraordinary and quite ordinary, that their story is everyone’s story. We all have terrifying mysteries and events and wild characters. Some of us, like me, choose a life that is wild and exciting, we move out of society. And then very few of those people were supposed to be there, and they won indescribably there, when in normal life I would dry up on wine. And there’s no better way than that, and you never know who you are until you finally hear the story.
We judge a lot based on very few signals, so little knowledge and because of this we deprive ourselves of a beautiful life. And deprive others of our best. Best judgment, best heart, best self. I want them to gift the book to someone else. I really like it
What will your next book look like?
I’m working with a variety of people on a very short story topic. My zoology professor, a priest when I was younger. I think when my work is over, I’ll learn more about how I view things, and the whole combined story will be “More Adventures …” maybe.
Is Chuck E still in love?
Sure you want to ask this? Well, he never was, I think. I made all this.