Writing Wednesday: David Bowie Described His Writing Process With This 42-Word List

David Bowie's Writing Process
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For anyone interested in David Bowie’s creative process, Rick Moody at The Rumpus got a pretty cool scoop last week. Bowie broke his silence about his remarkable new album by providing Moody with a work flow diagram of what he was thinking about while creating the album. He provided Moody a list of 42 words, sans commentary.

…which, we have to admit, is infinitely cooler than Bowie just bluntly telling us what it all means. Instead what we have is an ambiguous gesture (Why a list of words? Why these specific words?), and a long, provocative, and fascinatingly obtuse list of words to pore over and analyze. (Moody singles out “chthonic” as being especially beautiful and telling.)

And, in lieu of Bowie’s commentary, Moody provides his own observations and analyses about the list and what he believes each word to mean in relation to Bowie and the new album. It’s well worth a read.

Here’s the 42-word list; a peek, however small, into the creative process of the famed British musician:

Effigies

Indulgences

Anarchist

Violence

Chthonic

Intimidation

Vampyric

Pantheon

Succubus

Hostage

Transference

Identity

Mauer

Interface

Flitting

Isolation

Revenge

Osmosis

Crusade

Tyrant

Domination

Indifference

Miasma

Pressgang

Displaced

Flight

Resettlement

Funereal

Glide

Trace

Balkan

Burial

Reverse

Manipulate

Origin

Text

Traitor

Urban

Comeuppance

Tragic

Nerve

Mystification

Tell us below what you think of the list or, even better, your thoughts on word lists and creative processes.

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