"Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)
Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
Bill O’Reilly weighed in last night on the subject of Keith Olbermann’s departure from MSNBC, referring to the pundit as a “hateful commentator” and a “disgrace.” In doing so, the host called back to one of his favorite pastimes — flaunting Fox News’ ratings dominance and belittling its left-leaning rival network.
Program regular Bernie Goldberg likewise issued fighting words, saying that to regard Olbermann as a ratings success because of his primacy at MSNBC was akin to calling him the “tallest midget in the room.”
Still, O’Reilly and Goldberg — coy devils they are — refused to refer to Olbermann by name. Bernie was busy this past weekend “watching football and stuff,” and as such admitted he was unfamiliar with the Olbermann hubbub. O’Reilly, however, decided to stake (dubious) claim to the high ground, saying, “I don’t really want to get involved with all of that personal stuff.”
Peter Finocchiaro is a senior editor at Salon. Follow him on Twitter @PLFino.More Peter Finocchiaro.
Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)