Two Things
by Dan
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Au - "Solid Gold"

"Their entwined personalities made a fascinating knot. A knot hypnotic to look at, they would stare happily at the wound strands, guessing giggling where one finished and the other began. And that would last many months, some people stayed that way a lifetime, but for them eventually the time came to try untangling it, the way one decides to finally put together a puzzle. There seemed nothing else to do. And when they untangled it they found that their strands, their individual and respective strands, were quite normal, nothing but string, and not a knot at all." Ugh, barf. Edmund held the vegetarian pizza like a waiter and carried it quickly into the house. "Buon Giorno!" he yelled, catching himself in the foyer mirror, saggy-chinned. In the living room, Tate was putting together a puzzle, and Jen was closing a window of Minesweeper.

Broken into a million little pieces, Edmund was something to behold. His pixels were whole pictures. An entire sky! A blueberry pie! Exiting a non-exit! Crossed fingers, fake promise! Tinted paper, looks old! Hand hold! Gold tooth! Lemon cream! Book of Numbers! Tryst list! Sped-up footage! Tragedy Trunk! Bad underwear! Theatre comps! Sewer secrets! The 3rd Beer!

Au - "The Veil"

Edmund and May felt tenuous these days. Short texts, breaking plans, an inexplicable and unseasonable lack of enthusiasm. How many million things need to go right for something to even have a chance, Edmund would think, plugging in his phone at night, getting into bed with the usual ten ghosts.


Au have made something like a masterpiece. Both Lights is marvelous. (Pitchfork have it wrong, wrong, wrong.)

(image by jake rajs)

Posted by Dan at April 7, 2012 2:29 AM

It feels like Edmund's story could go on for as long as there's songs to kick/carry/feed him. Which is great. Cause he's starting to remind me a lot of Frank Bascombe from Independence Day, in that there doesn't seem to be a bottom to his twin wells of sadness and resilience. Do you have much of a plan or outline for the character or are you letting the music paint in the fleshy bits?

Posted by Ryan at April 7, 2012 5:26 AM

Also I only just got round to listening to Solid Gold and was so stunned by that saxophone I burst out laughing. Another thing I could happily let last forever!

Posted by Ryan at April 7, 2012 7:24 AM

Hey Ryan! I emailed you a response! But for those curious, this is essentially the answer:

Posted by dan at April 7, 2012 4:34 PM

This post is solid gold. Just the title and the picture are an epiphany.

Posted by Alex at April 9, 2012 2:30 PM

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