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Walking with Lou Reed on the Wild Side

October 28, 2013

Dear Readers,

It has been a while since I posted my personal thoughts on fame-based practices. Before I share my latest journey in critical studies of fame, let me speak a few words on Lou Reed who we lost yesterday. As you may know, Lou Reed has been an iconic figure in rock n’ roll. As Christine Bode ( highlights, his group Velvet Underground caught attention of icons such as Andy Warhol, The New York Dolls, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, The Sex Pistols, Brian Eno, and U2. In his famous song “Walk on the Wild Side,” Reed documented journeys of iconic figures as well.

For me, “Walk on the Wild Side” is a text that historicizes acts of fame and acts as site of contested identities, meanings, and pleasures. More importantly, it acts as a site of knowledge and truth in what constitutes journeys of success. No matter how unconventional and difficult these journeys appear, the success of iconic figures often lies in overcoming challenges. I would add that being secure on one’s unique path and non-judgemental towards others is part of that success.

There is a fierce heart and passionate love in being successful on one’s talented path.

Stay tuned for my next post on fearless love in world history!

Hope you enjoy the video above and have pleasurable moments in walking on the wild side!

A special thanks to photographer, activist and friend Malu Baumgarten for sharing the video.

With love and shining light,



From → Critic's Area

  1. Wow, I’d never seen that video before Samita, and watching it now and reading your post made me hear “Walk on the Wild Side” in a whole new way. Thank you for that!

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