The Ukrainian cooperated with the TIU in a 2011 incident involving similar suspicions, and was exonerated afterward.
Given your love of “Stolen Car” on The River , I’m curious what you think of the version on Tracks , which includes a dream sequence similar to the one that turned up in “Point Blank” and the indelible lines “I can remember how good I felt inside/ When the preacher said ‘Son, you may kiss the bride'” (which was used as the title of a bootleg)? When I first heard the bootleg, I found this version, with its country western arrangement, a revelation, but by the time it came out on Tracks , I felt like its emotional peaks and valleys took away from the fundamental meaning of the version on The River . I guess I’m saying it made it more of a story or a song, and less of a state of mind. The version on The River seems, in retrospect, like a prelude to Nebraska . How do you respond to the two very different versions?
Bruce has always known how to edit, and nowhere to better effect than here. The shorter version says a hundred times more.
In 1985, when he was playing the Oakland Coliseum—the baseball stadium—I asked him to do that song. I thought it didn’t come off—the place was too big, the song was too small. I just watched it on YouTube. I couldn’t have been more wrong—and though he didn’t, it seems, swaying along with the balance in this performance, he edited it even more. Maybe it’s the way he brings out each element more fully.
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The chair Cartwright occupies was created by the Boston University trustees after King’s assassination. Cartwright was entering BU as a seminary student when King was finishing his doctorate.
I asked the lady who worked in the tiny corner office whether, since I was just going to be asking bipolar people whether they ever felt happy and then sad, maybe I could get the short version of the New Study Application?
Later in 1945, Vonnegut got frostbite and was discharged from the army (he earned a Purple Heart). Over two decades later, in 1969, Vonnegut published the bestselling novel Slaughterhouse-Five , which gave readers a fictionalized account of his wartime imprisonment. He later said that only one person benefited from the raid in Dresden: him. "I got three dollars for each person killed. Imagine that," he said.