I’ve read just about everything Cormac McCarthy has published, but none of Cooper’s work—he hasn’t been a priority and may be less so after reading the above.
While I don’t relate to all the drug references—too square, I guess—in this piece from The Nervous Breakdown called It Takes a Lot of Cocaine to Be as Smooth as Steely Dan, I’ve been a Steely Dan fan since the early ’80s. Yeah, I know their first album hit the market in 1972, but I’ve always been slow at these things. I’ve seen them live, own some old LP’s, a bunch of CD’s, and listen to their old stuff regularly. I try to play some of their complicated songs on my guitar. I even named a grulla appaloosa horse Steely Dan in my soon-to-be-published novel. The article states:
Becker and Fagen are known primarily for two things: Bitter, sarcastic lyrics that glorify the bebop hipster of yore and a maniacal attention to studio perfectionism.