Normal History Vol. 585: The Art Of David Lester

Every week, 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 36-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

Self-Isolation Still Life
As an artist who documents events in a variety of ways, pre-pandemic David took the bus to work twice a week and sometimes overheard other passengers’ conversations.

“Peach-A-Vanilla” from The Eagle And The Poodle (Matador, 1996) (download):

Normal History Vol. 584: The Art Of David Lester

Every week, 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 36-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

The movie set used to be a lake until a dynamited paddle wheeler splintered across it, paralyzing a stuntman.

“Drive At” from The Eagle And The Poodle (Matador, 1996) (download):

Normal History Vol. 583: The Art Of David Lester

Every week, 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 36-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

Cave in
Caving in

Longevity starburst. Empty design. Whiting out the typos. Fish without arms fly around the room.

Cave in
Caving in

Coaxing imposters to call the rival theories hot line to mainline a dose of duality.

Cave in
Caving in

Passengers, scientists of fear, lean over the rail of the Titantic the Second imagining the ocean floor.

“Cave In” from The Eagle And The Poodle (Matador, 1996) (download):

Normal History Vol. 582: The Art Of David Lester

Every week, 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 36-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

Mrs. McGillvary was a tiny spinster
born in a teacup
she pronounced the “d” in Wednesday
and corrected radio announcers by phone

Mr. Thorn’s suits were thin 
at the elbows and knees
there was no Mrs. Thorn

God was tired of kicking Miss Whitely
every time she let her guard down
Miss Whitely was even tireder than God

They’ll train you
they’ll take you by the hand
they’ll teach you
and tell you where to stand

“Mrs. McGillvary” from The Eagle And The Poodle (Matador, 1996) (download):

Normal History Vol. 581: The Art Of David Lester

Every week, 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 36-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

Prize arm
rubber bandit
enthusiasm stripped away

Socrates 
assumption
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 bar stool
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):