Normal History Vol. 222: 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 29-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

Inside. Outside. I built without doors, ended up on the outside when I’d sunk the final nail. Inside, inside, inside. I built a ladder without steps to climb up to the windows I’d set too high. Inside, inside, inside. I made a shovel to burrow down and in. Shaped the metal to appoint and hit solid rock. On the inside, on the outside, inside. I tried to peel back the wall with crowbar wrecking what I thought I’d finished. On the outside, outside, on this side.

“When You Build A House Without Doors,” from The Eagle & The Poodle (Matador, 1996; Smarten UP!, 2009) (download):