Craig Schuftan

BruceSpringsteenBornintheUSA

National malaise

'I see my sister and her husband. They're living the lives of my parents in a certain kind of way. They got kids, they're working hard. You can see something in their eyes... I asked my sister, 'what do you do for fun?' 'I don't have any fun,' she says. She wasn't kidding.'

Bruce Springsteen, 1979

'I was a cub reporter in Minneapolis in the summer of 1979. Some guy in the suburbs had wigged out. He was a young guy with an older brother in Vietnam if I remember correctly. He had a gripe about the local cops. So he climbed up the local water tower, fixed himself up with some food and blankets about 100 feet off the ground, and refused to come down until somebody addressed his greivances. So I spent a brilliant warm july afternoon looking at the water tower and listening to 'What a Fool Believes' on the radio. The wise man has the power / to reason away / what seems to be. As the sun began to set, President Jimmy Carter came on the radio. He started giving his speech about our national malaise, and he told a whole nation to come down off its water tower. I was thinking, Do I have a malaise? Right in the middle of Carter's speech, the guy on the water tower decided to come down. The police hustled him to an ambulance and drove off into the 80s.'

Jefferson Morley, 'Twentysomething', 1988

 

 

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