Jeffrey’s post about Lorca reminded me of when FGL appeared on my radar—I was reading “Astral Weeks,” Lester Bangs’s essay on the Van Morrison album of the same name, a gorgeous piece of writing that was knocking me out, paragraph by paragraph. And then . . . well, I won't ruin it for you. The piece (included in the first Bangs collection, Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung) can be found online (though you should definitely find and buy the book as well). I promise it’ll be the best thing you read today.

Originally Published: March 15th, 2007

Ed Park is the author of the novel Personal Days (Random House, 2008) and a founding editor of The Believer. His work most recently appears in Bound to Last: 30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book (Da Capo). He blogs at The Dizzies.