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There are professional thrills and there are professional thrills, but I am extra especially thrilled to report that FSG is going to be publishing John Darnielle’s novel, Wolf in White Van, this fall. John is famous for his work with the Mountain Goats, and I suspect that none of the many fans who know his lyrics and have heard his stories will be surprised by the revelation that his is a genuinely literary mind. And it’s true—Wolf in White Van emphatically proves that his imagination and voice are at least as at home on the page as they are in song.
My name is Nicholas Patrick Slopen. I was born in Singapore City on April 10, 1970. I died on September 28, 2009, crushed in the wheel arch of a lorry outside Oval tube station.
This document is my testimony.
Van Vechten was transfixed by celebrity. As a small boy he collected autographs and pasted photos of actresses into his scrapbooks; as an adult he dropped names shamelessly, and made lists in his daybooks of the famous people he met at parties. To Van Vechten all publicity was self-publicity, and he took great vicarious pleasure in transforming an obscure artist into an international star, tying himself to their public image in the process. Often his photographs were an emphatic expression of that same impulse; an opportunity to immortalize his connection to the exceptional and celebrated.