Normal History Vol. 678: 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 39-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

Canada’s freedom convoy (a.k.a. a buncha brainwashed … don’t want to call them names)—I wondered from the start of the pandemic what the purpose of disinformation would be. Now we know. Some weak-minded and gullible folks have fallen prey to lies that place them at odds with scientific knowledge. What a mess. I reached my limit of tolerance after listening to way too much anti-vax, anti-healthcare, anti-mask crap over two years. On top of everything else, having to step away from a long-time friendship is demoralizing. Emboldened by the recent occupation of Ottawa and the blocking of a bridge across the border, his recent email accuses me of only seeing mainstream media, adding, “Where is the Jean Smith I once knew who would be out protesting for choice?” So … I’m an under-educated shell of my former self. Nice. Bye now. #knuckledragger

Upside Down Flames” from Jarred Up (K, 1995) (download):