(from All Over)
Well, nobody wants the paintings on the artist’s terms, and it’s kind of sad but also it’s kind of what did you expect you would do with a nine-mile-long canvas? Just because it took you 34 years doesn’t mean it’s worth anybody else’s time. It would be nice if it did, of course. Hey look, I’m direct-addressing a character, haven’t done that in a while. Anyway, “Scroll” is a melancholy but kinda fun little number. Great ideas have been known to beget other great ideas and I would suspect a copy of Banvard’s Folly by Paul S. Collins is sitting on a Kesey shelf somewhere. That book, which practically spits sparks of literary inspiration on every page, features, among others things, the a chapter on a real-life long form painter named Banvard who, in the pre-motion picture age, actually found an audience for a while.