Category Archives: Songs about Books

Bright Archer Songs about Books Demo

Johanna Kunin (aka Bright Archer) boldly leaked a demo of one of her songs for the Songs about Books project a couple months ago. And of course it’s gorgeous. I’m getting really excited to hear everybody’s work (and to finish … Continue reading

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Bluets and Blue Men

As Paul wrote a while back, my Songs about Books assignment is the book Bluets, by Maggie Nelson. It’s a tough book to categorize, but it is quite lovely. I just finished reading it for the third time (it’s very … Continue reading

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Songs about Books: The Last Book

The Possibility of an Island by Michel Houellebecq goes to Ryan Barrett. This is surely the most controversial book of the five, the one that a lot of people will hate. It’s fashionable to dislike Houellebecq nowadays, since Updike gave … Continue reading

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Songs about Books: The Fourth Book

Our host, Levi Fuller, is the only one of these musicians I’d met before I started this project. And so I had some extra knowledge I could put toward the selection: I already knew he’s a great reader, and I … Continue reading

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Songs about Books: The Third Book

Joshua Morrison gets another favorite of mine: The Last Samurai by Helen DeWitt. Readers of this book have to overcome a pair of misfortunes in order to discover what a gem it is: First of all, they have to care enough to … Continue reading

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Songs about Books: The Second Book

So I assigned Set This House in Order: A Romance of Souls by Matt Ruff to Johanna Kunin. (The first assignment is here.) This is probably the book I feel most connected to; a lot of this book takes place … Continue reading

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Songs about Books: And the First Book Is . . .

As Levi mentioned yesterday, he asked me to take part in his exciting new Songs about Books project. I interviewed the five musicians who volunteered for the job, and picked books for them to write songs about. For the next … Continue reading

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Songs about Books

I was recently fortunate enough to receive a grant from the CityArtist program of the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.  This grant will go towards a project that I came up with that I am calling … Continue reading

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