Normal History Vol. 475: 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.

Yes, that’s right! We take the kernels of corn, dry them, then we heat them up until they pop open into white blossoms that we then pour the melted fatty part of cow’s milk over. Oh! We sprinkle salt on it, too. Salt is hard to describe; it’s a mineral that comes from sea water and other sources.

It’s very traditional to buy popcorn at movie houses, where we all sit in the dark together and quietly watch cinematic re-enactments of people being killed with guns.

Why? I’m not really sure. Maybe it’s the only grain we’ve found that pops open into a tasty blossom.

“Straying To Summer” from Flood Plain (K, 1993) (download):