I don't claim to know a lot about novelist David Foster Wallace, who passed away on Friday at the age of 46. But, I know he is responsible for one of the best pieces of film writing I've read in the past 12 years. And that would be "David Lynch Keeps His Head," Wallace's 1996 account of visiting the set of Lynch's 1997 mindjack "Lost Highway." But it's so, so much more. (He wrote it for Premiere, which then-editor Glenn Kenny remembers whacking away to a respectable, presentable amount here. The unedited version can be found in his non-fiction collection, "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again.") Read it and enjoy the fact that he's the only writer to get Balthazar Getty down to a bland, greasy tee.
But I do claim to know a lot about R & B producer Norman Whitfield, who passed away just yesterday at age 68. One of the chief architects of the Motown Sound, he was also responsible for many of the harder-edged Motown songs, such as "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," "War" and "Papa Was A Rolling Stone."
But, being the movie guy that is, he'll always have a place in my heart for this '70's theme: