The Water’s Clear and Innocent

Today’s favorite song: Codex, by Radiohead, from their 2011 album The King of Limbs.

It’s a beautiful, desolate song, possibly about the temptation of suicide, probably about something more subtle.

Ever since I first heard it, I think of Convict Lake, along the east side of the Sierra, a place we stopped at once on one of the annual trips to Mammoth Mountain I took in the 1990s, when I hung out with a ski group. (I was never much of a skier, but I liked the trips.) The lake is beautiful, still, cold, utterly deserted. It’s infamous as the site of a 1990 incident in which a couple camp counselors and several teenagers fell through thin winter ice and were drowned.

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