Kurt Reaches For the Shotgun. But He Hesitates: ‘The Alternate History of Kurt Cobain’


On the fifteen-year-anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death, Ward Sutton pens “In Bloom: The Alternate History of Kurt Cobain,” in which Kurt instead puts the gun down, becomes a latter-day Brian Wilson, alienates his bandmates and wife, inspires retaliatory albums from Guns N’ Roses and Neil Young, prevents Bob Dylan from recording that Victoria’s secret commercial, and eventually dies peacefully, “sitting in an easy chair, the Melvins blasting from his stereo.” The sadness on his face when he’s forced to present a MTV music award to the Backstreet Boys in 1998–while wearing a Flipper t-shirt, no less–is particularly chilling.

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