I sit in the front of the car with Elke and doze as we listen to David Hasselhof  songs on Bob! Radio (fuck me) and head to Potsdam for a live radio interview on the way to Berlin. At the start of the interview they play the whole of Pulp’s “Disco 2000” (it’s a rock station evidently), chat with me and then say it’s time for some Bach. I get so excited because I’m in Germany, home of my musical heroes, and they’re going to play the Aria from the Goldberg Variations performed by Glenn Gould on a rock station, and as the Aria starts I think “Man, this country is cultured,” but after thirteen seconds the presenter cuts it off and goes back to talking. Classical music: a universal herpes.

James Rhodes, “Fire on All Sides”.

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