Normal History Vol. 496: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 34-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

Prize Arm
prize arm
rubber bandit
enthusiasm stripped away
blonde religion rigged with terminal velocity

write your own damn anthem
run it up the flagpole
enduring every absurd injustice
by re-naming us
animal most likely to go insane

self-taught heredity
climb up on that barstool
and come out swinging

success words
equations normally known as lies
the simplest of stories don’t get told
the simplest of stories don’t get old

“Prize Arm” from The Eagle And The Poodle (Matador, 1996) (download):