In my early teens, I received John Lennon’s Skywriting By Word of Mouth, a posthumously published anthology of poems, stories, riffs and drawings that continued the ear- and eye-candy Dada established in Spaniard in the Works and tunes like I Am The Walrus. The book had all of the anarchy, but none of the angst, an early teen needs while working up his own rebel chops. Moreover, Lennon’s free-associative style served as something of a junior league primer for the James Joyce in which I’d later (attempt) to steep.
Had Joyce included some pen and ink drawings, it might have gone better. To wit, below is a film that uses the soundtrack of actual interview conducted with the ex-Beatle by 14-year-old Canadian and animated in style that owes some of its DNA to Lennon’s own hand. The work is a fascinating pairing of found material and creative commentary.