Saturday, June 01, 2013

Lou Reed: New liver

Some ageing rock stars make the trip to Cleveland to pick up a Lifetime Achievement award at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Lou Reed went there to get his lifetime extended.

He's had one of his Laurie Anderson's livers transplanted into him.

(That's a hell of an anniversary gift from wife to husband, isn't it?)

But why Cleveland?

Anderson said he had opted to have the operation in Cleveland rather than New York because the city's hospitals were too "dysfunctional".
That's not really 'why Cleveland', though, is it?
She said she was "awestruck" by the operation: "You send out two planes – one for the donor, one for the recipient – at the same time. You bring the donor in live, you take him off life support. It's a technological feat.

"I was completely awestruck. I find certain things about technology truly, deeply inspiring."
Only "certain things", though, you'll note. Don't take that as an endorsement of Windows 8, Microsoft.

Anderson says Reed is already "doing things", though apparently this means 'tai-chi' and not 'half a bottle of Grey Goose before breakfast'.