You Have to be Lazy

The Los Angeles Review of Books has published an extraordinary essay on Townes Van Zandt by Aretha Sills. The essay is part memoir, part interview, and part meditation on the ethics of interviews. In her snapshot of Townes’ final few years, Sills shows how easily our efforts to connect as mere human beings can be derailed by the masks we wear: “artist”, “journalist”, “fan”, “tortured soul”.

— CL