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Tom Waits on Tom Waits by Paul Maher Jr.
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Jul 09, 11

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Tom Waits on Tom Waits by Paul Maher. On paper the idea of publishing a sequential series of personal interviews of Tom Waits sounds intriguing but, in practice it suffered from terminal redundancy. It wasn't enough that Tom Waits viewed most interviews as a challenge to mislead the interviewer with a made up persona that deliberately misrepresented not only his views and motivations but what actually happened in his life. The litany of bad jokes and worn out stories were bad enough but, to have them repeated again and again with each additional interview was nearly intolerable. Tom's inclination to go against the grain and deliberately flaunt any authority may have been an accurate interpretation of his beat hero's inclinations but I didn't find any enlightenment or further understanding of either Tom Waits or his musical muse. The few closing words of Tom Waits interviewing Tom Waits titled "True Confessions" with his questions and answers gave a fuller view of who this character was and a more thorough understanding of his interests and motivations than the entire remaining parts of the book. Certainly, over ninety percent of the words were just wasted noise. Maybe Tom Waits would find that humorous as he seemed to like noise for noise sense.
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