As we approach autumn, it's good to remember some of the music and art that makes us feel like fall. Certain bits and pieces of culture can live in a particular season, in our minds, and the stories that go with them can stick with us forever. For instance:
So Tom Waits and William S. Burroughs were sitting at a bar--at least I would assume it was a bar, because it was Tom Waits and William S. Burroughs, right? Anyway, they were sitting at a bar, and one of them said to the other, "You know what's weird?" And the other one said "I have absolutely no idea anymore." And then the first one said "German Morality Fables."
And if that's not how the idea for Burroughs and Waits to co-create "The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets" was originally born, then by god it's the way it happened now.
In the end it all becomes a sordid affair of murder, stark desire, and regret, but in the mean time the tale twists and turns, and we watch as the lives of the people in this town are turned around by this magical mystery man. And the whole thing is written by Tom freaking Waits and William damn Burroughs! What more do you need?!
Oh. Except maybe the ability to have the whole of the original German production, free to watch, right here:
Also, more information about the production can be found there as well. A big hat tip goes to David Metcalfe for the heads-up.