Heavy metal, popular culture said, was dead and gone -- replaced by grunge and Prozac and Starbucks coffee
In his seminal biography of J.R.R. Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter begins by noting the particulars of Tolkien’s personal and professional life -- he married, took on his career as a professor of linguistics -- and then “nothing else really happened.” Of course, quite a lot happened. Tolkien published two bestsellers which quite literally birthed the fantasy fiction genre as we know it. In terms of controversy and the sort of exciting and sexy things that biographers like to exploit, however, “nothing else really happened.” He lived and loved well and he died peacefully. Boring.
The same might be said of Ronald James Padavona.