Robert Ashley / Perfect Lives
First broadcast in 1983, and recently restaged in New York, Robert Ashley ’s TV opera Perfect Lives is a talkative exploration of sociability and storytellingThese are songs about the Corn Belt, and some of the people in it … or
on it.’1 That’s what the man in the Perfect Lives Lounge says as you sit
down with your drink, served in ‘a fluted plastic glass, sans
ice’. Maybe he says it in Spanish, but you’re not sure. After all, even
if you don’t speak a language, you can catch its drift if it’s sung.