June 2010

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I was thinking about the Beach Boys, and about the movement of regret that arcs across the five years between Surfin USA and Do It Again, and about the melancholy resonances of that second song, with its sun-tanned girls and its beautiful coastline; because, of course, you can’t do it again. There is only ever a first time. I suppose that’s what Anna Akhmatova meant, though she put it better:

I warn you, I am living my life for the last time.

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