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Remember those days when the teams of 2000s next to Bendis’ Avengers  - Young Avengers and Secret Warriors (Jonathan Hickman’s version) were pushed by Marvel and had appeared in the crossover events? And remember the time when Bucky got that Captain America mantle before Steve Rogers returned? 

- Siege v1 #2, 2010

anonymous asked:

I found it interesting that Jeff Bhasker said he and Harry read a lot of Bukowski before/during the album writing and production. Harry has been a fan for ages, and has been seen with his books, so some of those crazy lyrics make sense now. Like Kiwi and Carolina, maybe even Woman. If you aren't familiar with Bukowski, check out some of his stuff. Harry is Bukowski in songwriting form.

Thank you for the suggestion!

I have read some Bukowski. I see why Bukowski would appeal to a young male songwriter. As you said, his perspective informs many of the relationship songs on the album– Woman, Kiwi, Meet Me in the Hallway, From the Dining Table. Even, to some extent, Sweet Creature and Two Ghosts.

Bukowski’s “darkness” may speak to a songwriter who has been through bad relationships, by giving him a way to intellectualize and romanticize the pain. Poetry can be a balm when one is suffering through heartache and loss. It can give a frame to one’s feelings. Bukowski’s cigarettes-and-alcohol, lonely-deserted-streets, open-doorways, empty-rooms, women-who-come-and-go aesthetic gives intellectual energy to an artist who’s trying to figure out why growing up hurts so much, why loving someone can be so painful, why being left behind sucks so bad.

It’s a great perspective for writing songs that sell. But it’s a terrible directive for actual living.

I hope Harry, an autodidact, can find ways to broaden his perspective about love. His lyrics about not being able to communicate are especially poignant, as are his interview answers that he can express himself better with an instrument than with actual speech. Even if this is supposed to allude to his musicianship, it’s undeniable that the songs are aimed toward a person, a single listener, as Harry says, to whom actual, face-to-face communication has been impossible.

Miscommunication, or the lack of communication, is a recurrent theme on the album, and this is a dominant stance of Bukowski’s poetry, the feeling that honest communication is possible only through Art, never through direct interaction. In Bukowski’s poetry, thoughts are aborted, messages are never sent or received, notes are left in drawers or scribbled on throwaway objects. A cigarette butt or a urinal communicates better than actual lovers. It’s a pose of alienation, and for Harry’s sake, I hope it’s only a pose.

It’s also a very hipster, young male kind of pose. I hope Harry has a chance to read about love from more optimistic and compassionate perspectives, from poets like Richard Wilbur, Elizabeth Bishop, Carol Ann Duffy, Billy Collins, Wislawa Szymborska.

The other selection from Harry’s Another Man spread was Herman Hesse’s “Siddhartha.” In Louis’s words (about Liam during MITAM promo), “What is going on in this kid’s brain?!”

Meditation is great, and finding inner peace– I’m all for that. But obviously, judging from his song lyrics, Harry wants to talk to someone, and the main subject is love.

Despite all of his publicized relationships, the famous models, the beautiful women, the A-list connections, the glamor and designer clothes and parties and drunken fun, this is what it comes down to… having no one to talk to.

What really, really sucks is the fact that Harry’s life, since childhood, has been marked by people very close to him who have been taken from him. Whenever he feels secure and happy, they disappear, or are forcibly separated from him.

So when he talks about wanting love, it might not even be sexual love, but just a feeling of wanting not to be left behind again. This sadness… despite having 30 million fans.