Laurie Anderson + Thomas Pynchon? Almost more excitement than Max can stand.*

Laurie AndersonLast night in Seattle, Laurie Anderson, NASA’s artist-in-residence (and general Maud household heartthrob), performed “The End of the Moon,” “a sermon for Neo-America told in allegory, parable and autobiography.”

During the show, Anderson reportedly mentioned that her plan to write an opera based on Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow “was nipped in the bud when he stipulated that the orchestra must be comprised only of banjos.”

Here’s a brief excerpt from an interview, dated October 31, with Anderson about her new project:

“I absolutely hate it when someone tells me what to think or what to do,” she said. “So I don’t want to tell anyone what to think. (Political art) easily disintegrates into awful propaganda.”

“On the other hand, a lot of territory that’s in politics is also territory in art. This is a fascinating time in terms of stories – that’s what politics comes down to, stories. [Ed Note: Yes.] You get to see how stories are told and how they’re used. . . . the way politics are being conducted now is very insulting. Fear is a powerful emotion, and I wish there weren’t so much of it in politics.”

Seattle residents can catch a repeat performance tonight at Moore Theater.

* Throw in a Dr. Who-era Lalla Ward and we’d probably have to track down a defibrillator.


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