Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Seth is a "nobody." Socially awkward, almost friendless but into recording and music. He is befriended by Carter, a trust fund kid who wants for nothing. They end up in New York and open a recording studio. It is difficult for Carter to focus on anything but his rare record collection, Seth is trying to run a business. When Carter becomes obsessed with a recording that Seth made on the street, he loses touch with reality a bit and Seth is left to deal with a parade of interesting and odd people who appear. A second story is interwoven as one character tells a story of his youth and obsession with blues records whose road trip in the 50's is re-enacted by Seth and Carter's sister. Symbolic and trippy, it is impossible at times to tell what is real and what is a hallucination. Not an easy read but interesting. Not totally sure I understand it but no regrets.