Songs About Trains
My Essay: Songs About Trains is up at The Doctor TJ Eckleburg Review
"I don’t know if Jim would necessarily see it this way, but for me, his photographing of trains has always been a metaphor for a self-made life and a self-made existence. It has represented a sort of heroic, dedication to art, and to the pursuit of passion.
And, by God, if I do nothing else in this life, I want to be somebody who does the photographing of trains.
At our best, we can all be kids at a railroad crossing watching trains. At our worst, we can decide that watching trains is a useless activity. Because it is devoid of financial incentive. It is lacking in any higher purpose.
But look: nobody is paying us to watch TV.
Nobody is paying us to read crap on the Internet.
There is nothing inherently better about participating in somebody else’s worldview instead of your own.”