"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)
In a gesture of seemingly unqualified Islamophobia, Newsweek has published a cover image of angry Muslim men under the capitalized title “Muslim Rage.” The image teases a story by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born, Holland-based scholar. In the article, as Think Progress noted today, the author claims that the mainstream of contemporary Islam believes that “blasphemers deserve to suffer punishment.” Think Progress also points out that Hirsi Ali once proclaimed in an interview that all Islam, not just radical Islam, is “not interested in peace” and should be defeated.
In response to its invocation of “Muslim Rage,” Newsweek received a healthy dose of Muslim humor and sarcasm when its Twitter feed asked, “Want to discuss our latest cover? Let’s hear it with the hashtag #MuslimRage.”
Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email email@example.com.More Natasha Lennard.
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)