And now, this soft bulletin

Steve Lackmeyer of the Oklahoman, on meeting Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne:

[I] got introduced by Chad [Livingston, of the Bricktown Water Taxis] when they were all at LiT during one of those ice storms in early 2007. I ineptly asked how OKC might attract more folks like Wayne to stay in Oklahoma City. I wanted to know what kept a clearly creative class person like him to stay in what has traditionally been a conservative city. After all, Wayne Coyne didn’t just stay in OKC — to this day he lives in one of the most impoverished neighborhoods just west of downtown — Classen Ten Penn — and is helping stabilize the area from deteriorating any further.

So how do I summarize Wayne’s response? Things are as they are …

Oddly, looking back now, that actually makes sense.

It’s the way it’s always been, if you think about it.


  1. Steve »

    22 April 2008 · 4:51 pm

    Mr. Livingston I presume? No…
    Now, you know copy and paste is a pretty easy function unless you know about some devious software tracker Bill Gates has put into the Control C that I don’t know about…
    Of course, Chad Huntington and many others have known about this “things are as they are” bit for a long time. But as a reporter (and now a blogger), I just can’t grasp that idea.

  2. CGHill »

    22 April 2008 · 5:36 pm

    “Que sera, sera: whatever will be, will be.”

    Coyne surely was far more nuanced than that. I think. I’m just a denizen of blogdom without a whole lot of connections — but with a few Lips fans in the audience.

  3. Steve Lackmeyer »

    22 April 2008 · 5:43 pm

    You are all powerful and I bow in your awe. My visitor counts doubled today with your link.

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