Normal History Vol. 616: 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 37-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

The lyrics on this album, Empathy For The Evil, are closely hinged to the novel I was writing at the time. The Black Dot Museum Of Political Art (literary fiction) is about a museum curator who cures narcissism, but it also chronicles the childhood of the protagonist’s mother (and her angry father). Why is this significant? Evidently narcissism may be the result of a traumatic incident in formative years, one that was too much for the child to deal with.

One Man’s Anger” from Empathy For The Evil (M’lady’s, 2014) (download):