On this edition of Parallax Views, we take a break from our coronavirus coverage to discuss legendary musician David Bowie, art, and authenticity w/ artist and author James Curcio. James has a new book out entitled Masks: Bowie & Artists of Artifice that looks at Bowie and his trickster persona from a philosophical perspective that comes to understand the late musician as a sort of shamanic character that blurred the lines between the authenticity and artificiality of an artist. Additionally, the book also looks into other figures like the gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson and the controversial Japanese novelist and poet Yukio Mishima. MASKS: BOWIE & ARTISTS OF ARTIFICE also features contributions form such thinkers as John Gray and Slavoj Zizek. In this conversation Jamie and I have a wide-ranging conversation about the book and the many themes it touches upon within its pages.