"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: Dec. 12, 6:24 p.m. (EST): My favorite suggestion for what the “Game Change” sequel should be named was “Same Change” Michael Serafino of Brooklyn.
You can almost here the cries of “Too soon! Too soon!”
Following up on the campaign that wouldn’t end, political scribblers Mark Halperin (no relation to this writer) and John Heilemann are going to ensure that the 2012 election lives forever in breezy prose. Following up on their bestselling, absurdly readable account of the 2008 race, “Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime,” Halperin and Heilemann will be unleashing “Double Down: Game Change 2012” on a defenseless public, the Hollywood Reporter reports. Penguin is the publisher and HBO has already optioned the book.
Scarcely a month out from the slog itself, it’s hard to summon much enthusiasm for either the book or the movie. Still, it’s unfortunate that the title is the hackiest of hack political expressions, one that doesn’t seem especially connected to the campaign itself. In that spirit we invite readers to suggest titles that dip more shamelessly into the tepid lukewarm bathwater of political cliché.
Send your ideas to email@example.com with your name and hometown and we’ll update this post with our favorites.
Also, since the first “Game Change” movie revolved around Sarah Palin and the McCain campaign, it’s open season on roles for the 2012 candidates, their families and other choice parts. Who do you want to see play Mitt Romey, Barack Obama and Seamus?
Alex Halperin is news editor at Salon. You can follow him on Twitter @alexhalperin.More Alex Halperin.
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)