"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)
Starting today, getting the full Orlando experience can include renting a Nissan Leaf. A new program, Drive Electric Orlando, is promoting itself as “the nation’s first large scale electric car initiative for tourists,” 57 million of which visit the city each year.
Orlando’s a good place to promote electric cars, writes the Orlando Sentinal, because the theme parks, convention center and hotels are all tightly clustered, well within the Leaf’s 100-mile range. And the city is already equipped with 300 charging stations.
The plan is to make the cars seem like a fun thing to try out, right along with the other thrill rides. Customers get free charging across the city, and some hotels offer extra perks like valet parking. But ultimately, the program sees itself as an “extended test drive” for future customers, who might decide to take this aspect of their vacation home with them.
So far, there are only 15 cars available to rent through Enterprise, but Chevy, which makes the electric Volt, just signed on as a partner.
Lindsay Abrams is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email email@example.com.More Lindsay Abrams.
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)