Does Maynard James Keenan like The
Books? This is a question I ask myself
lately. Does he even know who they are?
Has he heard of them? I would have heard
of The Books. But famous people are
different. Their time is full. So many side
projects. Besides fronting for the rock band
Tool, Maynard James Keenan also owns a
vineyard in Arizona. I heard about this on
the Discovery channel. This summer I am
thinking about making a visit to try some of
Maynard’s wine. I might even ask him about
The Books. I think of the bass line in
“Smells Like Content;” the singer’s voice
reminds me so much of Maynard.
Tell me I remember Flagstaff. I was there
and I saw people. Walking around and
buying things. Dressing up. Some of them
were like you. I saw a lady in a wool coat,
and scarf. She was bending over. I thought,
now this is a town that you might like. You
were always picking up things. The food
there—honestly I can’t say. I didn’t have
any. It was mid-January, the town reminded
me of dry-ice. I bought some gas.
Ultimately, what did Flagstaff have to offer?
Anonymity. A weather sample. Culture.
Pine trees, snow and fog. It was like the rest
of the world, I guess. Except that everything
there was lifted.