In what’s got to be one of the year’s scarier indie rock stories, Jens Lekman contracted the H1N1 virus, bka “swine flu.” while abroad in Chile recently. The baroque pop perfectionist broke the news via his blog in as casual and charming a way as you might expect from the guy.
“I picked home one last souvenir from South America, it’s called the H1N1 virus. Wrongfully known as the Swineflue.
“I was crossing the Atlantic when things started getting really bad, the fever was hallucinogenic and
shaking me like a leaf and I grabbed the sleeve of the Air France steward. ‘I’m not feeling well, I should see a doctor’ I said and the reply came as a brilliant mix of death anxiety and french rudeness: ‘Uh, yes… Terminal D… go there maybe… when we land’. After that the stewards and stewardesses took long detours. A ring of empty seats formed around me. Peoples eyes were kind but determined, they read ‘Poor you, I really wish you all the best but if you come near me or my kid I will have to stab you with this plastic fork’. I got up and went to the bathroom where I fainted.
Now I’m in quarantine for ten days. I can see the summer through my window and it’s just perfect. Summer is always best through a window.
Get well soon, Jens. (via P4k)