13
Aug
10

where’s john lurie?

in palm springs apparently, and what a weird story it seems to be. . .

i can’t find the complete piece online beyond the new yorker’s gated digital edition.

i really like his paintings.

and of course i have fond memories of the original lounge lizards, and some of his other work.

the story almost seems like one of his pranks.

but i don’t think it is.

UPDATE: You can sign up for 3 free months of the new yorker digital edition to read this. also see comment.

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6 Responses to “where’s john lurie?”


  1. 1 underpass
    August 15, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    otherwise, i can send you an email with jpgs of the article. it’s worth reading.

    email at address on blog.

  2. 2 K Lake
    February 4, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Hi, could you possibly email me the jpgs of the article, sorry can’t find your email contact on here… best K

  3. 3 underpass
    February 4, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    yeah, it’s gordonosse at fastmail.net.

  4. 4 bruno
    February 10, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Here’s a couple of articles further detailing the situation.
    (The first one has a link to a scanned copy of The New Yorker article.)
    First, though, here’s what John has to say:

    The article was so undignified, so wildly inaccurate, that I don’t know what to say about it. And this was in the New Yorker, a magazine that I used to trust.
    It was supposed to be an article about my life and work. I think interviewing someone’s stalker and writing what they tell you as fact, with confirmation from nowhere, is fairly egregious. If my stalker told them that he took care of me when I was ill- something that is absurdly untrue- it is in the article as though it happened. Evidence and witnesses were ignored to tell the stalker’s account of the hideous things he did and is still doing. All the seething obsession of this guy has been cleaned away, making him appear to be a rational starving artist. The inception of the problem is so muddled that the reader might think the stalker had a legitimate reason for doing what he was doing. I have documented Advanced Lyme disease and it is passed off as a mysterious ailment. The writer seems to be obsessed with fame. If I spoke to a stranger in Starbucks, the writer’s take on it was that I was hoping to be recognized, which I think is pretty sick. If someone was to recognize me at a Starbucks in Joshua Tree, I believe I would have fainted. And, of course, the mis-quotes were a charming addition.
    All I am guilty of is doing an unstable person a favor and agreeing to do an article with a magazine that was once reputable. Look at what has happened to my life.

    http://staires.org/audio/1937
    http://www.jambands.com/features/2011/02/01/john-lurie-sustains/

  5. 5 underpass
    February 10, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    thanks bruno, i’ll check this out when i have time.

  6. 6 montecristo
    July 25, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I would ignore stuy parker -staires.org – I have seen the emails between Lurie and him
    and he just an irresponsible idiot. You should read Rick Moody’s response to Tad Friend’s profile on John Lurie http://therumpus.net/2011/06/swinging-modern-sounds-30-what-is-and-is-not-masculine/


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