(Key Arena) I’ve had a big book in my head for sometime. The book concerns hit tunes that were, one, in the ’80s, and two, had a deep social or personal impact. This book is called Pop Life, the name of my top Prince tune. Another important tune in this book (parts of which are already written—such as the section of A Flock of Seagulls’ “Wishing” and Grace Jones’s “Slave to the Rhythm”) is Paul Simon’s “The Boy in the Bubble,” which is on Graceland—an album that came out in 1986, received almost nothing but praise from the music critics of its day, and, according to the local writer/philosopher Deepa Bhandaru, is being revived by the hipsters of our moment. Why is “The Boy in the Bubble” in this book that I so want to find the time to complete? Because it’s a letter sent to the humans we are now, the humans of the 21st century. The world in that tune is our world: the terrorists, the long-distance calls, the lasers in the jungle, the cameras that follow us in slow motion, and, of course, the way we look at distant constellations on the Hubble Space Telescope. Another song in Pop Life is Nona Hendryx’s “Why Should I Cry,” but that’s another story for another time. With Sting.