"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)
Here’s the most telling section of Politico’s story on New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson’s firing:
Her accomplishments aside, Abramson’s tenure was marred by disagreements with Times CEO Mark Thompson, who took an unprecedently hands-on approach to managing the paper’s editorial resources.
Abramson also suffered from perceptions among staff that she was condescending and combative.
Small point: “unprecedently” is not a real word. Larger point: With a mere three remarkable words — “Her accomplishments aside …” — Byers has dismissed as irrelevant Abramson’s two-and-half-year tenure as Times executive editor.
This is followed by a string of half-assed, unsubstantiated non sequiturs:
This is the kind of stuff reporters file when they have no idea what’s going on. I hope that tonight, when Charlie Rose asks Byers why Abramson got fired, he’s got better material.
Elon Green is a contributing writer at Salon, covering media and politics.More Elon Green.
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)