"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)
UPDATED, 3.42 p.m.: According to the Guardian, the sexist 13th birthday card was made by Creative Publishing before Hallmark bought it in 1998. Following online outcry, Hallmark has vowed to track down remaining copies of the card, which has not be reprinted in 15 years.
Greeting cards have rarely been a site of progressive politics, but some show a more tragic story about the state of the world than others. For example, a U.K.-based Twitter user, @cheesyhel, snapped a photograph of a particularly sexist birthday card, aimed for a 13-year-old girl, at her local store.
The text reads: “You’re 13 today! If you had a rich boyfriend, he’d give you diamonds and rubies. Well, maybe next year when you have bigger boobies.”
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)