Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Don't Look Back

In Runaway American Dream, I quote the last sentence of Alain de Botton's alternately profound and silly How Proust Can Change Your Life: "Even the finest books deserve to be tossed aside." I thought of that in the car the other night, listening to Dave Marsh's interview with Bruce Springsteen on Sirius Satellite Radio. The part of the talk I heard was entertaining and informative, and Dave is a talented guy, but it's been nearly 30 years since he started writing his first book about Springsteen, and as much as writing Runaway American Dream has made me appreciate Springsteen's work even more than I did before, I don't want to be writing about or interviewing Springsteen in 30 years. Like thousands of others, I have an intimate relationship with his work, and that's all I want.

With that in mind, it feels like the right time to close this seven-month-old blog. As I wrote on this page back in May, I believe "blogs have a natural life and most of them work best when they're associated with something that has a relatively short life." The purpose of this blog was to provide updates, corrections, and (I hoped) the occasional insight while I was actively promoting Runaway American Dream. I'm not anymore, so the overt reason for the blog is at an end. I posted some notes about Springsteen's Boston concert last week because I promised some readers that I would, but I don't want this to turn into a blog where I comment piecemeal on Springsteen's various moves and releases.

In "Lucky Town," Springsteen sings, "First they made me King/Then they made me Pope/Then they brought the rope." I don't want to turn into any of the "they"'s in that lyric. I've written a book about Springsteen that has brought me some attention and some satisfaction. Thanks for reading. On to the next thing...

Jimmy Guterman