Elton John: There’s about five years you have where you can do no wrong, and you work on adrenaline.
LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs: I kept many of them because there are no photos.
John: I haven’t. I sold them.
Diggs: There is a separation of selves occurring and how to mark it becomes subjected (or erased) when the strategies attack and fade.
John: I don’t know. It was fun sometimes. I was never really that big a drinker until I started doing blow, and I drank just to come down off the blow.
Diggs: Heroin, angel dust, and crack.
John: That wedding was the biggest Republican audience I’ve ever played to—Clarence Thomas was there—and they were probably the best audience of the year.
Diggs: Trigger warnings are weird. (laughter) I did not want to be sentimental.
John: I sobbed and sobbed and sobbed.
Diggs: With resources and a research budget, an entire saga can be uncovered. It has to exist in this perceived loudness because several types of erasures have taken place.
John: We had a wardrobe, a little stereo set and a separate device so we could both listen with headphones.
Diggs: There is no sense of being linear because origin stories take on a kind of hopscotch grid.
John: Or the Ephesus amphitheater in Turkey, where Mary Magdalene fled after Jesus died.
Diggs: All three of us had visceral revelations.
John: I think we both felt a little guilty.