Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Happy Birthday, Andy!

Today is the 80th anniversary of Andy Warhol's birth. Check out his art here.

If this poem intrigues, take a listen to Lou Reed and John Cale's tribute album Songs for Drella, or a look at A Visit With Uncle Andy his nephew James Warhola's children's book about the down to earth weirdness of Uncle Andy, who wasn't that odd when considered the whole family. Slovaks, you know.

I like Warhol. A first class weirdo, a star pimp, and the conceptual stuff was quite out there, but at the very least you have to admit the man could draw, and his ideas were amazing. I find his cynicism refreshing, and I think he was amazingly, depressingly prescient about quite a bit of American culture.

And the whole Slovak connection. He's the only famous Slovak-American I know of.

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