"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)
New York Magazine is inciting controversy with its latest cover story, an expansive profile of celebrity photographer and alleged sex abuser Terry Richardson. Although the profile highlights the numerous sexual abuse lawsuits and allegations made against Richardson, Benjamin Wallace’s piece, titled “Terry Richardson: Artist or Predator?” paints Richardson as a guy whose art is just misunderstood. As Elon Green pointed out on Twitter, this framing of the headline itself is a “strange binary.” Writer Jessica Valenti explains why it’s so problematic: “What irritates me about the “artist or predator?!” framing is that it assumes 1) he can’t be both 2) that his victims just DON’T GET ART.”
Twitter then supplied some other headlines New York Magazine could consider:
Look out for New York Magazine’s upcoming profiles– Roman Polanski: Filmmaker or Sexual Abuser? Donald Sterling: Billionaire or Racist? George Will: Columnist or Human Garbage Pail? They are sure to be insightful and even-handed reads.
Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.More Prachi Gupta.
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)