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clogger. One of the chapters is even
entitled "If It Can Be Poached, It
Can Be Fried.")
Wait a second. What about all the
medical research documenting the
connection between a low-fat, high-
fiber diet and a longer, healthier life?
"An awful lot of medical publish-
ings today are terribly contradic-
tory," he countered. "A lot of these
doctors are tripping over each other
with their findings."
So don't get caught up in the
furor over high-density and low-
density lipoproteins. The bottom
line, according to Scheller, is to be
careful in choosing your grandpar-
ents. "Get yourself checked out, and
if it ain't broke, don't fix it," he said.
More importantly, "just because
one person has a problem with their
cholesterol level is not reason
enough for us all to go on a diet," he
said. "We're turning into a nation of
Yes, delicious is still "in." We're
going to continue to eat great-tasting
food, and we're not going to let
Sandy Duncan, Nabisco or anybody
else make us feel guilty about it. The
Low Fat Police must be stopped be-
fore they rid our dinners of every
last molecule of taste, every last
morsel of pleasure.
word, yet is replete with details,
anecdotes, explanations of motiva-
tions, and uncondescending back-
ground for everything he discusses.
... on a cigarette."
-A chapter title of+
JS: "In many ways, (Marcus) doing
what he did in his book determined
how I did mine, and perhaps a little
bit vice versa. I mean, I wanted to
make mine very factual and very
specific. Also, it is written as a story,
it's meant to be a story that people
want to read, that makes people
swallow all the theoretical bits."
"I don't feel it ...
At an equal level with the fash-
ion-related, contrived aspect of
punk, time stands out as a key factor
in the importance of the Sex Pistols
and punk in Britain. Fourteen-day
periods affected a generation: for
example, the two-week pandemo-
nium surrounding the Pistols' release
of the "God Save the Queen" single.
England's Dreaming emphasizes
that sense of time, describes the
spirit in such a fashion that words on
the page can somehow recreate it.
By discussing the punk scene as a
whole, with noted emphasis on Mc-
Laren and the Sex Pistols as the be-
ginning, Savage diagrams an almost
visual sense of the space and inter-
twining relationships to this rush of
the brevity of time. He almost flaw-
lessly balances the perspectives of
those interviewed recently with the
excitement punk originally created.
Savage, then, tells the Sex Pis-
tols' story as he sees fit: guided by
what he and the many people he in-
terviewed remember, but tempered
by punk's origin and legacy. The
tenuous relationship within punk's
ranks leaves a deep impression as
...for anybody else/ especially my-
The Sex Pistols
JS: "It was very much my purpose
in this book to let people speak
through me, i.e. to interview a lot of
people and quote them, properly
edited, but over a whole book length,
at length, i.e., it just wasn't me talk-
ing all the time.
"And any time the diary entries
are there, it was to indicate my com-
plicity in the emotional mood and in
the follies and stupidities and splen-
dors of that particular period.
p.wsC4 to be,..
"A friend of mine read some of
the diary entries and said, 'Wow,
these are really wanky,' and I said,
'Yes, of course they're wanky, but
that's how everybody felt at the
AP: "Stylistically, it seems like an
extended piece of journalism - ex-
tensive use of quotes."
JS: "The format is designed to be
simple. It's not a magazine article
because a lot of the writing is there
to be very simple for a lot of reasons.
First off, there's a lot of very com-
plicated ideas being expressed and a
lot of raging emotions being ex-
"I'm very pleased that I ex-
pressed those raging emotions and
complex ideas in simple, often quite
deadpan, prose. I'm very tired of
overwriting. Everybody does it, I'm
quite sick of it.
"To me, it is much more power-
ful to be quietly lethal, and there are
many very, very serious things in the
book which are expressed quite qui-
etly, and it takes people time to real-
ize that they are quite devastating."
JS: "I think this stuff is worth taking
seriously, and there's lots of differ-
ent ways of talking about music. It's
a very powerful thing, and it really
touches on everything. You know, I
studied classical history and the
whole history of art over the past
two thousand years for God's sake,
and the form that is happening now
is popular music. And it's not the
bloody novel, it's popular music.
That's where it is."
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