“Electric word, life. It means forever, and that’s a mighty long time…”
“If you like 2 fight, yer a double-drag fool/I’m going 2 another life/How bout you?”
Dearly Beloved, the Purple One has passed. While we all weep purple tears, here is some purple prose, pompastic pop, and pretty Prince pictures to lighten your load:
Buzzfeed has already compiled some of the best writing on Prince.
Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib with a staggering piece of writing about Prince’s 2007 Superbowl Halftime Show
Scott Woods’ love of Prince is notorious, and this massive, brilliant, hilarious essay/diatribe about Kanye vs. Prince is only one excellent example of the many paragraphs he has written about The Beautiful One.
The infamous assless chaps and musical mayhem at the 1991 MTV Music Awards
The absolutely magical “Purple Rain” from the 2007 Super Bowl Halftime Show
The Current, Minnesota’s Public Radio Station, has Prince news and remembrances, and has been playing his music non-stop.
This mega-superstar rendition of another departed rocker’s classic, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, is all about the the bringing-down-the-house money shot guitar solo from The Artist. Wait for it.
Another version of “Purple Rain”, this a searing 13 minute tour de force from 1983.
Prince Rogers Nelson was a fascinating, utterly unique individual. Here, courtesy of Buzzfeed, are 59 things you may not know about him.
Prince’s first television interview for MTV in 1985, surrounded by extras from the video he was making at the time. Disarming, articulate, sweet, awkwardly charming, and completely charismatic. Even when he is almost completely still, you can’t take your eyes off him.
Chris Rock asks The Artist Formerly Known As… about his relationship with Michael Jackson.
A Washington Post essay on Prince and gender.
While we could love on the Purple One all day, all month, all year, we would be remiss in not passing along a few of our other favorite things from these past weeks…
Mary Oliver’s lovely elegy for her soulmate, at Brainpickings.
If you haven’t read Jon Ronson’s Guardian interview with Monica Lewinsky yet, that needs to change now.
Two head-smashing, heart-crushing poems from Camonghne Felix at Public Pool
Justin Philip Reed’s incredible essay in Catapault was just picked up by Jonathan Franzen for the Best Essays collection.
“Dear Gone”, a poem by Grey Vild, is a haunting, anguished and beautiful meditation on death and loss.
Scientific studies show that wealth can change brain chemistry and alter one’s ability to feel empathy and joy. A fascinating essay at The Week.
A stellar review of the new Jackie Robinson doc, talks about the man behind the myth.
Marilynne Robinson’s poignant essay about how American Christianity and fear are intertwined, and the the dangerous results.