Category Archives: Songs about Books

Songs about Books: A Couple More Items

Hello, and happy post-Labor Day, everyone. Now where were we? Ah yes, I had a couple things to tell you about, related to our Songs about Books project. Thing the First: For those of you who were unable to join … Continue reading

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Ball of Wax 25: Songs about Books is out now!

After months of talk about this “Songs about Books” project, which culminated in a wonderful evening of music last Friday at the Fremont Abbey, one might have lost sight of the fact that it was also going to result in … Continue reading

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Songs about Books this Friday!

This is – maybe – our last post on Songs about Books (Ball of Wax 25) before the release show this Friday at the Fremont Abbey. The doors will open at 7, and the show will start at 8 sharp. … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading: Helen DeWitt – The Last Samurai

Paul assigned Helen DeWitt’s The Last Samurai to Joshua Morrison. I just finished reading it, and this reading completes my project of reading all of the books assigned for Songs about Books. First I’d like to say that I am … Continue reading

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Songs about Books: Hear 5 Songs and Pre-order Now!

Three weeks from today we will celebrate the release of Ball of Wax 25: Songs about Books with a very special concert at the Fremont Abbey (have you gotten your tickets yet?). We’ve been talking about this project for a … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading: Vladimir Nabokov – Pale Fire

Alex Guy was assigned Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire, the only book in the Songs about Books project to have been published in the twentieth century – all the others are relatively recent – and the only one that at this … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading: Michel Houellebecq – The Possibility of an Island

It’s not a revelation to say that great literature – or great art of any kind – does not have to be an enjoyable experience for the reader (or viewer, or listener). In fact, whether you’re talking about James Joyce, … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading: Matt Ruff – Set This House in Order: A Romance of Souls

The book Paul assigned to Johanna Kunin (Bright Archer) for Songs about Books is Set This House in Order: A Romance of Souls, by Seattle-based author Matt Ruff. I was well into it by the time I posted my piece … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading: Maggie Nelson – Bluets

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock (or just not reading this blog – how dare you!) for the past several months, the next installment of Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly is going to be the culmination of the … Continue reading

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Songs about Books Tickets on Sale Now!

Yes, it’s true. We’ve been building up to this moment for several months, and we have reached one more milestone. We’re all still slaving away on the writing and/or recording of our songs (at least I am), but the show … Continue reading

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