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“Bowie feels like a musical experience (perhaps one with headphones, or in a listening booth, as the nature of silent reading is one of solitude), an experience that Critchley enjoyed composing and producing. It feels like an experience proffered with the intent of both enjoyment and wisdom (like music). There are theories here, but no heavy theses weight down this little pocket-sized book. You can take it into the water, and still float. Critchley rediscovers Bowie as he writes, each song invoked, a Proustian madeleine.”
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
What is your greatest fear?
Converting kilometers to miles.
What historical figure do you most identify with?
Which living person do you most admire?
Who are your heroes in real life?
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
What is your favorite journey?
The road of artistic excess.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Sympathy and originality.
Which word or phrases do you most overuse?
What is your greatest regret?
That I never wore bellbottoms.
What is your current state of mind?
What is the quality you most like in a man?
The ability to return books.
What is your motto?
“What” is my motto.