Doug Wallen reviews 'On Bowie' by Simon Critchley

Doug Wallen reviews 'On Bowie' by Simon Critchley

On Bowie

by Simon Critchley

Serpent’s Tail $16.99 pb, 208 pp, 9781781257456

When David Bowie died in January 2016, Simon Critchley received many invitations to reflect on the pop star, in part because he had published a collection of brief essays called Bowie in 2014. A New York-based Englishman like Bowie himself, Critchley has repurposed that book after its subject's death, also integrating elements of a eulogy he wrote for The New York Times. The result is a probing blend of criticism, fandom, philosophy, and history, encapsulating what Critchley calls 'a love story that, in my case, has lasted about forty-four years'.

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Doug Wallen

Doug Wallen

Doug Wallen is a freelance arts writer based in Beechworth, Victoria.

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Published in August 2016, no. 383

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