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June 1, 2015

Book Notes - Michelle Tea "Girl at the Bottom of the Sea"

Girl at the Bottom of the Sea

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Kevin Brockmeier, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Girl at the Bottom of the Sea, the sequel to Mermaid of Chelsea Creek, continues Michelle Tea's dark and fascinating YA series.

Stream a playlist of these songs at Spotify.


In her own words, here is Michelle Tea's Book Notes music playlist for her novel Girl at the Bottom of the Sea:


Girl at the Bottom of the Sea takes place entirely as the title suggests, at the bottom of the sea as the series' heroine, Sophie Swankowski, swims from Chelsea, Massachusetts to Warsaw, Poland with her main mentor, the mermaid Syrena, famous guardian of the city of Warsaw. With the exception of Sophie remembering hearing a Madonna song blaring from one of those booze cruises that sail drunk people around the Boston Harbor, there is no real music in Girl at the Bottom of the Sea. But there is music in my heart! – and so here is a fantasy playlist for this fantasy novel.

"Down By the Water," PJ Harvey
I always thought this sexy-creepy song was about incest, and it probably is, but that hissy Little fish, big fish, swimming in the water/Come back here and give me my daughter refrain is really perfect as Sophie swims off - little, floundering fish to Syrena's elegant big fish – on the run from her evil magic grandmother, Kishka.

"Gigantic," Pixies
I mean, the helpful Ogresses who wine and dine Sophie and Syrena, decking the girl out in a cool outfit and giving them a place to rest and recuperate, are totally GIGANTIC! I guess PJ Harvey's 50ft Queenie would also work, but what, are we just going to listen to nothing but PJ Harvey all day?

"Warsaw," Joy Division
I grew up like a changeling - ? Even if the song wasn't named for Syrena's homeland, that line alone would get it on the playlist. Sophie is part Odimience, a race of superhuman beings in Polish folktales. In the olden days, mischievous sprites called Boginki would swap the Odmience for human babies, so they would be unknowingly raised in the world as normal people. Changelings, right? Also, Sophie has been slowly coming into her own surprise magic powers as she grows older, which feels very changeling-y.

"Magic Spells," Crystal Castles
This could be the instrumental music playing as Sophie comes to understand more of her magic while living under the sea with Syrena, commanding the water to carry her, morphing into a shark to battle her grandmother or into a mermaid to infuriate her mentor.

"Good Sister / Bad Sister," Hole
Sophie learns she has a twin sister who was stolen by her evil grandmother and kept in some magic jungle that growing inside the woman's trailer at the city dump! Sophie's twin, Belinda, is hella spooky. Is she bad, or is it simply the affects of being reared in isolation among poisonous plants, by a wicked grandmother? Hard to say.

"Staring at the Sun," TV on the Radio
Really the only reason this song works is the Standing in the sea lyric – there's no sun, or sky, or daylight or anything throughout the entire underwater book – but I love this song so much and it somehow the actual sound of the music feels like being underwater, doesn't it? Standing in the sea, but on the sea's floor, unfathomable miles below, where pressure forces fish into blobs and darkness spurs a rave-y bioluminescence.

"Anchors Aweigh," Autonervous
This synthy miasma has a creepy, stalker-y sound to it that makes me think of Kishka, Sophie's supernaturally evil grandmother, stalking the girl as she travels the oceans to her ancestral homeland.

"Ocean Size," Jane's Addiction
I love this big, muscley song. Sophie sees firsthand how impossible it is to be truly ocean-sized, as the water stretches out beyond her and below her for an eternity, though she does learn to harness some of the realm's power.

"Just Like Honey," Jesus and Mary Chain
One of the best songs in the whole world, not even making it the soundtrack to Bill Murray kissing Scarlet Johanson can ruin it. In my movie, I mean book, it would be played towards the end, when Sophie and Syrena come upon the gorgeous, glowing underwater cave of the Jottnar, where the light spills out into the ocean and looks like gobs of honey. Inside are a pack of water goddesses, and lots of jewels and crowns and ale and mead and whatnot. They're a real party people, the Jottnar. When they're not sinking ships and drowning sailors.


Michelle Tea and Girl at the Bottom of the Sea links:

the author's website

Kirkus review

Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay by the author for How to Grow Up
Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay by the author for Mermaid of Chelsea Creek
The Rumpus interview with the author


also at Largehearted Boy:

Book Notes (2015 - ) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2012 - 2014) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2005 - 2011) (authors create music playlists for their book)
my 11 favorite Book Notes playlist essays

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly comics highlights)
Daily Downloads (free and legal daily mp3 downloads)
guest book reviews
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, literature, and pop culture links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtracks)
weekly music release lists
Word Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)


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June 1, 2015

Book Notes - Sean Egan "Bowie on Bowie"

Bowie on Bowie

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Kevin Brockmeier, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Bowie on Bowie's collection of unedited interviews serves as a surprising and insightful portrait of David Bowie in his own words.

Library Journal wrote of the book:

"[T]his is a fascinating journey through the mind of a musician many people claim to "know" but who proves time and again that his own essence is often foreign to himself. An asset for Bowie fans."

Stream a playlist of these songs at Spotify.


In his own words, here is Sean Egan's Book Notes music playlist for the book he edited, Bowie on Bowie: Interviews and Encounters with David Bowie:


Transformer

In a Bowie on Bowie chapter containing a 1978 Melody Maker interview, Bowie speaks of his production work for other artists. "I guess it’s because there is still a lot of fan in me," he says. "I would love to be responsible for helping somebody. I think that’s great for my ego."

When he and Mick Ronson began producing artists they admired with the object of advancing those artists' careers, Bowie was mildly famous and had been since his 1969 hit 'Space Oddity'. However, it was still slightly prior to Bowie's breakout with The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spider from Mars. As he proceeded to become the biggest star in Britain, recipients of Bowie's production services like Reed, Iggy Pop and Mott the Hoople were carried along in his glittering slipstream. In another interview in the book, Bowie agrees with the proposition, "Lou Reed was to you as Chuck Berry was to the Stones." It therefore seems safe to conclude that Bowie took the greatest satisfaction from "helping somebody" from the success of the Lou Reed album Transformer (1972).

Lou Reed's second album didn't mean much to many Americans until Reed's death propelled Morrissey's cover of its track 'Satellite of Love' to the top of the US charts in 2014, but it was a significant entry in early-Seventies UK pop culture.

Although artistically uneven, Transformer made Reed a star where endless classic Velvet Underground records had failed to. It bequeathed a top-ten single in 'Walk on the Wild Side'. Despite the BBC's traditional stuffiness (just a decade hence they would instruct their DJs to refer to Marvin Gaye's single '(Sexual) Healing' only by its second word), with the Reed single they allowed over their decorous airwaves a record which explicitly mentioned "giving head." This was down to another BBC tradition: lack of cool. Nobody in its upper echelons knew what "giving head" meant.

A quarter-century after Transformer's release came a mass various-artists rendition of 'Perfect Day', its beautiful paean to love or heroin (depending on which story you believe). Already made famous by its use in movie Trainspotting, it soared to number one in the UK.

Another legacy of the album was the name Sid Vicious. The Sex Pistol bassist was thus anointed because his mates – including Johnny Rotten – thought him a "weed" who reminded them of the line from Transformer's opening track, "Vicious, you hit me with a flower…"

"The Jean Genie"

When the current writer was at school, on the last day of a term, kids were allowed to take in discs to play on the school record player. Neil Bannister brought 'The Jean Genie', Bowie's hit from several years previously. As its pounding rhythm and staccato chorus played, one boy remarked in distaste "He's a bisexual, isn't he?" "Oh, you're quick," said another in contempt.

The moment was symptomatic of the undermining of prejudices and assumptions engendered by an interview given by Bowie to Melody Maker in early 1972, which forms Bowie on Bowie's second chapter. "I’m gay," he told journalist Michael Watts, "and always have been…" Record-buying youth initially responded with the same revulsion as their parents, then performed a somersault when they gleefully realised that being a fan of Bowie was something with which they could shock their elders, ever the wont of the young. Kids and young people who had no problem denouncing "queers" didn't let Bowie's proclamation get in the way of idolising him.

Homosexuality had only been decriminalised in the UK five years before Bowie's announcement, but he was helping fashion a new libertarian era – literally changing the world. That he seems to have exaggerated the extent of his alternative sexual leanings doesn't detract too much from either his gesture or achievement.

"The Laughing Gnome"

In several places in Bowie on Bowie, interviewers bring up Bowie's 1967 debut single 'The Laughing Gnome'. "I’d have written ten Laughing Gnomes, not just one," Bowie laughingly replies to one journalist when asked what would have happened to him if any of his early singles had been huge hits. To another, he reveals that his visits to Greenwich Village record store Bleecker Bob’s result in the staff trying to embarrass him by playing 'The Laughing Gnome'. To another he quips, "I really could have produced a new sensibility for the garden gnome in Britain."

'The Laughing Gnome' was a whimsical song about being stalked by one of the little people, complete with helium-gas vocal effects. It had long become a piece of embarrassing juvenilia when a re-release in 1973 sent it to number six in the UK charts. Bowie, though, could afford to be a good sport about it. In 1973, 'Life on Mars', Bowie's epic, orchestrated cry of despair at human folly from his 1971 album Hunky Dory, also became a belated UK hit, going three places higher than 'The Laughing Gnome'. The reason the UK charts were filling up with blasts from Bowie's past, both sublime and ridiculous, was simply because, in the wake of Ziggy Stardust, he was the pop phenomenon of the age.

The pattern of belated hits continued in 1975 when – apropos of nothing – 'Space Oddity' was reissued and got to number one, four places higher than it had managed in 1969, when its use on the BBC's coverage of the moon landings gave it the type of exposure money can't buy.

"Ashes to Ashes"

"Consider the more positive aspects of post-modernism. I hope we get bored with the ironic stance it continually takes, because one of the better things about it is that it seems so willing to embrace ALL styles and attitudes . . .”

Bowie is talking about painting in a 1995 interview (chapter 20). Some might raise an eyebrow at his words. Bowie has always exulted in irony, his records and – particularly – image tipping the consumer a wink that he and they both understand they are playing pre-assigned roles. No more so than with 'Ashes to Ashes'.

When the lead-off single to Bowie's Scary Monsters album topped the UK chart in 1980, Bowie had been a superstar for more than a decade. It's astonishing, then, to realise that – the re-released 'Space Oddity' aside – it was his first number one in his home country. 'Ashes to Ashes' took his post-modernism to the nth degree. Firstly, this sequel to 'Space Oddity' disassembled the character introduced in that record, startlingly revealing that spaceman Major Tom was a junkie. The single's video included a bevy of characters from the Blitz/New Romantic scene, which happened to owe almost its entire dandyish/androgynous stripe to Bowie's various public personas. Capping all this archness was the hilarious moment in the record's vocal where Bowie deadpanned a "whoa-oh-oh-ah" in a call-and-response with himself.

"It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City"

One of the most surprising sections of Bowie on Bowie is an eyewitness recounting by journalist Mike McGrath of a 1974 recording session involving Bowie and Bruce Springsteen. That's right: the chameleon king of artifice and flash once collaborated with the artist defined by his authenticity and grunginess. The occasion was Bowie's recording of Springsteen's composition 'It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City', a song that had been a highlight of The Boss' debut album Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. (1973).

Bowie's version of Springsteen's lamentation on the exigencies of urban life would not be released until 1989, but the choice of cover does rather demonstrate that Bowie is not the otherworldly figure so often assumed. In another of the book's interviews, he becries his "middle-classness", although many would dispute even that self-deprecating acknowledgment of an unremarkable hinterland. His father was a promotions officer for the children’s charity Dr. Barnardo’s and his mother a cinema usherette – hardly a quintessentially bourgeois vista. He attended a state school alongside the children of the unskilled. Moreover, his Estuary English (or "cockney" as it's more widely, if inaccurately, termed) has remained miraculously intact despite his steadily developing intellect and cultural sophistication. Whisper it lightly, but David Bowie is no less a working-class hero than Bruce Springsteen.


Sean Egan and Bowie on Bowie: Interviews and Encounters with David Bowie links:

the book's page at the publisher


also at Largehearted Boy:

Book Notes (2015 - ) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2012 - 2014) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2005 - 2011) (authors create music playlists for their book)
my 11 favorite Book Notes playlist essays

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly comics highlights)
Daily Downloads (free and legal daily mp3 downloads)
guest book reviews
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, literature, and pop culture links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtracks)
weekly music release lists
Word Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)


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Shorties (Zadie Smith on Her New Short Story, Stream the New Arthur Russell Album, and more)

The New Yorker interviewed Zadie Smith about her new story in this week's issue.


NPR Music is streaming the new posthumous Arthur Russell album Corn.


The New Yorker interviewed Karen Russell about her new story in this week's issue.


Pitchfork profiled musician Jamie xx.


Bookforum interviewed author Maggie Nelson.


BOMB interviewed indie music duo Damon and Naomi.


Fictionaut interviewed author and publisher Michael Seidlinger.


A Fight Club musical?


Chicago Magazine interviewed author George Saunders.


The Quietus reconsidered New Order's Low-Life album 30 years after its original release.


Entropy recapped May's small press book releases.


SPIN listed the best albums of 2015 so far.


Book Riot previewed June's new books.


FACT interviewed musician Holly Herndon.


Financial Times reviewed the theatrical adaptation of Haruki Murakami's novel Kafka on the Shore.


The shortlist for the 2015 Scottish Album of the Year award has been announced.


Bustle, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and Pocono Record recommended summer reading.


All Things Considered interviewed Mark Ribowsky about his new book Dreams to Remember: Otis Redding, Stax Records, and the Transformation of Southern Soul.


Weekend Edition interviewed Elena Delbanco about her new novel Silver Swan.


All Songs Considered listed May's best dance tracks.


The Irish Times recommended novels set in Africa but written by outsiders.


David Byrne talked about curating music festivals with the New Statesman.


Weekend Edition reconsidered the writing of Saul Bellow.


Drowned in Sound profiled the band Tennis.


Author Aleksandar Hemon discussed his favorite books at The Week.


NPR Music is streaming the new Franz Ferdinand and Sparks collaboration album FFS.

Members of both bands talked to the Scotsman about the project.


Follow Largehearted Boy on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" posts.


also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (recommended new books)


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Daily Downloads (Jay Gonzales, 93MillionMilesFromTheSun, and more)

Every day, Daily Downloads offers free and legal music and/or stream.


Today's free and legal mp3 downloads:

93millionmilesfromthesun: Ride EP [mp3]

Band of Lovers: The Coast single [mp3]

The Black Oaks: Out on Parole EP [mp3]

Ded Rabbit: "Scarlet Cardigan" [mp3] from Moving In Slow Motion (out July 15th)

The Freak Fandango Orchestra: Wild Goats and Useless Heroes album [mp3]

Rail Yard Ghosts: Blackgrass album [mp3]

Sleepy Holler: Sleepy Holler EP [mp3]

Son of Dov: "Gold Dust" [mp3]

Twin Brother: Swallow the Anchor album [mp3]


Free and legal live performances at other websites:

Jay Gonzalez: 2015-05-22, Athens [mp3]


search for more free and legal music downloads at Largehearted Boy


also at Largehearted Boy:

other Daily Downloads

covers collections
100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads

Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, books, and pop culture news and links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtrack)
weekly new album lists


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May 31, 2015

Largehearted Boy Weekly Wrap-Up - May 31, 2015

A list of the past week's Largehearted Boy features:


Book Notes: (authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates to their book)

Andrew Ervin and Steph Opitz for Ervin's novel Burning Down George Orwell's House
Gallagher Lawson for his novel The Paper Man
Gregory Crosby for his poetry chapbook Spooky Action at a Distance
Kate Lebo for her cookbook Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour & Butter
Kathleen Ossip for her poetry collection The Do-Over
Litsa Dremousis for her memoir Altitude Sickness


Weekly New Book Recommendations:

Atomic Books Comics Preview (recommended new comics and graphic novels)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (recommended new books)


New Music Recommendations:

The Week's Interesting Music Releases


And of course, the daily music and news posts:

Daily Downloads (10 free and legal mp3 downloads every day, plus links to free live recordings online)
Shorties (news & links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)


also at Largehearted Boy:

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Antiheroines
Atomic Books Comics Preview
Book Notes
Contests / Giveaways
Cover Song Collections
Daily Downloads
Lists
weekly music release lists
musician/author Interviews
Note Books
Soundtracked
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week


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May 30, 2015

Atomic Books Comics Preview - May 31, 2015

In the weekly Atomic Books Comics Preview, Benn Ray highlights notable new comics and graphic novels.

Benn Ray is the owner of Atomic Books, an independent bookstore in Baltimore. The Mobtown Shank is his blog, and his comic Said What? is syndicated weekly in the Baltimore Sun's B-Paper.

Atomic Books has been named one of BuzzFeed's Great American Bookstores, as well as one of Flavorwire's 10 greatest comic and graphic novel stores in America.


Fight Club 2 #1

Fight Club 2 #1
by Chuck Palahniuk / Cameron Stewart

This comic sequel to the literary cult classic finds Tyler Durden's alter-ego married to a wife who hates him, living in a house in the burbs, fathering a kid who seems to be carrying on the family business of making explosives out of ordinary objects and our hero heavily medicated to deal with life but also battered, bruised and recognized by other battered and bruised men. It's a solid start.


Infinite Bowman

Infinite Bowman
by Pat Aulisio

Pat Aulisio's awesomely trippy psychedelic sci-fi epic picks up where 2001: A Space Odyssey leaves off. Dave has shut down HAL and has made contact with the black monolith. Infinite Bowman follows him on a journey through time and space.


Providence #1

Providence #1
by Alan Moore / Jacen Burrows

Alan Moore pays homage to his Lovecraftian roots with his new comic series. There's a book that, when read, drives people to suicide. A strange man in a very cold apartment. And a reporter in need of a story. Burrows' art feels sweeping and cinematic, and Moore is setting the stage for a period epic of ancient evil.


Questions, concerns, comments or gripes – e-mail benn@atomicbooks.com. If there’s a comic I should know about, send it my way at Atomic, c/o Atomic Books 3620 Falls Rd., Baltimore, MD 21211.


Atomic Books & Benn Ray links:

Atomic Books website
Atomic Books on Twitter
Atomic Books on Facebook
Benn Ray's blog (The Mobtown Shank)
Benn Ray's comic, Mutant Funnies


also at Largehearted Boy:

other Atomic Books Comics Preview lists (weekly new comics & graphic novel highlights)

Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)


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Daily Downloads (The Week's Best Free and Legal Music Including Slaraffenland, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, and more)

Every day, Daily Downloads offers free and legal music and/or stream.


Today's free and legal mp3 downloads:

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone: On the Radio EP [mp3]

The Crane Wives: The Fool in Her Wedding Gown album [mp3]

Hey Rosetta!: Introducing Hey Rosetta! album [mp3]

Lauryn Peacock: "Wounds Grow Grass" [mp3] from Euphonia (out June 26th)

Rachel Thomasin: "Mysterious" [mp3]

Slaraffenland: Slow Waves album [mp3]

Thanks: "Red Tattoo" [mp3] from The PDX Pop Now! 2015 Compilation

Various Artists: Living High On The Dirty Business Of Dreams - A Wiaiwya Sampler album [mp3]

Various Artists: A Dreaded Sunny Day - A Tribute to The Smiths album [mp3]


Free and legal live performances at other websites:

Blitzen Trapper: 2015-04-20, Nashville [mp3]


search for more free and legal music downloads at Largehearted Boy


also at Largehearted Boy:

other Daily Downloads

covers collections
100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads

Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, books, and pop culture news and links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtrack)
weekly new album lists


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May 29, 2015

Book Notes - Kate Lebo "Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour & Butter"

Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour & Butter

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Kevin Brockmeier, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

As well as an accomplished poet, Kate Lebo is also an eloquent evangelist for pie. Her cookbook Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour & Butter brings the lessons from her baking classes to print with the same flair, wit, and enthusiasm in a book as rewarding to bake from as it is to read.

Booklist wrote of the book:

"Abbreviating her in-person, face-to-face pie-making course for the benefit of us all, Lebo is all about the how-tos of the handmade—no food processors, no other kitchen machines, and certainly no store-bought prepackaged ingredients. The writing itself is almost enough to seduce."

Stream a playlist of these songs at Spotify.


In her own words, here is Kate Lebo's Book Notes music playlist for her cookbook Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour & Butter:


If you live in the sort of place that gets rhubarb, you'll have it fresh and stacked in pink piles wherever you shop for produce right around now. The first day of the Pie School year coincides with that first rhubarb, a sign of the better weather and sweeter fruits to follow. If you started with the first recipe in Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour & Butter (rhubarb custard, yum) and continued to bake chronologically once or twice a week all the way through the book, hitting each fruit at its peak, you'd take the last of fifty pies (pumpkin chiffon for the win!) out of the oven around Christmas. January, February, March—that's cake season. Today is for fruit pie.

Here's a song for your pie kitchen from each chapter of Pie School.


"Lola" from Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One, The Kinks (A Hubbub of Rhubarb)

The Kinks did not go as far as to describe Lola's pie preference, but my bets are on rhubarb, the vegetable we crossdress in sugar, pair with strawberries, and eat like fruit. It's even taxed as fruit. In 1947, a New York court decided that taxes should agree with tastebuds, citing as precedent an 1893 Supreme Court ruling that allows vegetables to be called fruits and vice versa according to how they're most popularly used.


"Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Soundtrack, (Blueberry Beauregarde)

Maybe the only time blueberries and justice—or just desserts—come together in one terrific punishment is that scene from Gene Wilder's version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. It happens after our golden ticket winners lick the wallpaper, after they pooh-pooh the snozzberry, after they gorge on sugar-spun toadstools while Wilder sings "Pure Imagination" with an enigmatic smirk. As a child, this was my first exposure to type of performance art that encourages the worst from strangers while the artist stands back, studying his idiots.

Punishment comes first to Augustus Gloop, who falls into Wonka's chocolate river, eliminating himself from the race to claim Wonka's empire. Now we know: this movie is an Agatha Christie-style And Then There Were None to Eat the Candy sort of story, but about business and candy, not murder.

Violet Beauregarde fails next. She grabs experimental gum from Wonka's palm and chews herself into a blueberry. Blueberries contribute to Violet what they contribute to pie—mildness. As Oompa Loompas roll her offstage, she's sweeter than she'll ever be again.


"Cherry Pie" from Cherry Pie, Warrant (She's My Cherry Pie)

Because I am a pie lady, I am reminded by well-meaning people of this stupid song more often than is entertaining. I cannot sing "She's My Cherry Pie" at karaoke or enjoy it ironically on the car stereo. It is not the kind of bad that bears delight. Warrant's song is not as party-stopping as my favorite 90s sad bastard anthem Hey Jealousy, but that song is at least ashamed of itself to the degree required to maintain sympathy for the narrator, which I cannot feel for the dumb innuendo of this one hit wonder, or for fools who still mistake women for desserts.


"Spanish Pipedream" from self-titled, John Prine (The Perfect Peach)

"She was a level-headed dancer on the road to alcohol" is the best metaphor for peach pie anyone will ever write, though John Prine wasn't singing about peach pie, not precisely, just suggesting it's helpful to have a buddy when you decide to unplug, bow out, find god, have babies, and eat a lot of peaches. This is a fantasy of no war, no poverty or violence or accountability, no Facebook, a utopia got by getting the hell away from people, which is what good peach pie can do, but only for the amount of time it takes to eat a slice.


"City of New Orleans" from City of New Orleans, Willie Nelson (A Tyranny of Plums)

Italian plum trees grow in every neighborhood in Seattle. I don't know why or who planted them or when. Today, cities tend to plant ornamental cherries and pears to avoid the mess of real fruit. But the old fruit-bearing trees remain, especially in backyards.

I have not heard whether the renegade arborists from San Francisco who secretly graft fruit-bearing branches on ornamental trees have influenced a similar band of plant graffitists in Seattle. For my last September in that city, I paid my rent with pie and jam made from Italian plums gifted by weary tree owners overwhelmed with their abundance. In my new city, Spokane, a municipal program invites volunteers to pick fruit from untended trees to donate to food banks or keep for their own pantries.

Willie's cover of Arlo Guthrie's elegy for the railroad makes me ache with nostalgia for an America that doesn't exist, which is exactly how I miss the Italian plum trees of Seattle, which I lost when the rent on my apartment followed a city-wide trend of rising ridiculously. Economic eviction, Danny Westneat of the Seattle Times called it. Out here on the east side of the state, huckleberries are the fruit of choice. They only grow wild in the mountains and aren't nearly as prolific as plum trees, but because they haven't yet been domesticated, because they thrive in forest clearings but not backyards, as long as we protect public lands, huckleberries—unlike plums—can belong to everyone.


"We Are Never Getting Back Together" from 1989, Taylor Swift (Blackberry, Blackberry, Blackberry)

An earworm best represents blackberries, an invasive vine that jubilantly tears through clearcuts, sneaks down alleys, and breaks down (then becomes) fences all over Western Washington, where I have watched people snack on berries growing from a not-yet-rebuilt lot while they wait for the number 7 bus to downtown Seattle. Blackberries thrive where the land is so damp and fertile it teeters on the edge of rot, which is almost exactly how I feel listening to Taylor Swift, the Dixie Chicks, Ace of Bass, and all the other candy pop I should be embarrassed to admit to, invasive weeds that root through the ear until the only way to clear them is by ritual karaoke performance, preferably in the company of others whose vocal range is as wishful as my own.


"Apple Tree" from Winter Creatures, Grand Hallway (An Everlasting Apple Pie)

As a pie lady I am regularly asked the following three questions.

1. Did your grandmother teach you how to make pie?

Answer: No. My grandmother made vodka tonics and Christmas Jello but could barely bake her way out of a brownie box. I learned from my mother, practicing on my own, and other pie ladies, including crust magic from Kate McDermott of The Art of the Pie and baking for the masses from Beth Howard of the American Gothic House. Now I learn the most from my students, who routinely come to Pie School (the in-person version of my cookbook) with fantastic tips from their own family pie traditions.

2. How do you stay so thin?

Answer: Contrary to what our teachers said, there is such a thing as a stupid question. This is one of them. On the other hand: My favorite bad Amazon review chastised me for paying "no attention, as far as I can recall, to health concerns regarding overuse of butter (fat)," which is absolutely completely correct.

If you can't beat them, bake for them.

3. What's your favorite pie?

Answer: The apple pie I make in early September when the early-season heirloom pie apples arrive. Heirloom fruits aren't just a branch of the vintage craze. They are often better bakers because fruit that lends itself to the preserving pan would have been more useful in the "heirloom" days before refrigeration. I prefer Gravensteins. They're a tart green Danish apple grown in California's Sonoma Valley and the western half of the Pacific Northwest. The Gravenstein's crisp, cream-white fruit bakes like a dream, soft but not mushy, sweet but not cloying, shapely but not—like question #2—underbaked.


"Sweet Illusions" from Cold Roses, Ryan Adams & the Cardinals (Snow Cupboard Pies) and "Fantasy" from Daydream, Mariah Carey (Chiffon Pie Chic)

When pumpkins, meyer lemons, and cranberries make their appearance at the market, the pie year has come to a close. Thin-skinned lemons can be mandolined, peel and all, into a pile of tart-bitter-sweet slices and soaked in sugar overnight, then baked with four eggs between two crusts. A handful of tart cranberries in an apple pie can end a year begun by tart rhubarb. Pumpkin is as good in a can as it is roasted and pulped from your own kitchen, so choose whichever degree of labor suits your November day. I lighten my pumpkin by making it into chiffon pie—a cream, meringue, and gelatin concoction popular in the mid 20th century and named after the sort of fabric you'd find in Betty Draper's party dresses.

After pumpkin I put the pie plates away, but that doesn't mean you have to. Cream, shoofly, Hoosier and chess pies made from shelf-stable sugar, nuts, vinegar, and always-available good dairy are the best option. I suggest Nancie McDermott's Southern Pies or check out Emily Hilliard's Nothing in the House blog for year-round recipes in this vein.


I hope your pie year is sweet and tart, and full of friends who'll help polish off all those spare slices. Happy baking!


Kate Lebo and Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour & Butter links:

the author's website
Pie School website

The Los Angeles Review review
Seattle Times review

Ploughshares interview with the author
Seattle Weekly profile of the author
Spokesman-Review profile of the author
To the Best of Our Knowledge interview with the author
USA Today profile of the author


also at Largehearted Boy:

Book Notes (2015 - ) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2012 - 2014) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2005 - 2011) (authors create music playlists for their book)
my 11 favorite Book Notes playlist essays

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly comics highlights)
Daily Downloads (free and legal daily mp3 downloads)
guest book reviews
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, literature, and pop culture links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtracks)
weekly music release lists
Word Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)


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Shorties (Reviews of the Theatrical Adaptation of Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore, The Fashion Legacy of Siouxsie Sioux, and more)

The Guardian and Telegraph reviewed the theatrical adaptation of Haruki Murakami's novel Kafka on the Shore.


Dazed examined the fashion legacy of Siouxsie Sioux.


Helen Oyeyemi interviewed Kelly Link at the Los Angeles Review of Books.


Aquarium Drunkard featured a live session from singer-songwriter Jerry David DiCicca.


Cult #MTL profiled author Sean Michaels.


Stereogum listed the best Stereolab songs.


Elisa Gabbert examined the importance of book titles at The Smart Set.


SPIN listed the 100 best EDM anthems of the '10s.


The Independent recommended recently published debut fiction, including novels by Catie Disabato and Kirsty Logan.


PopMatters previewed June's music releases.


The Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, and Vulture interviewed cartoonist Daniel Clowes.


Author Roxane Gay talked about diversity in publishing at Code Switch.


Mike Patton talked to The Record about the new Faith No More album, Sol Invictus.


Troy Little talked to the Guardian about adapting Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas into a graphic novel.


The New York Times is streaming the new Eternal Summers album, Gold and Stone.


Bustle listed literary board games.


Consequence of Sound listed the most anticipated summer music tours.


The New Yorker features a new short story by Salman Rushdie.


Follow Largehearted Boy on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" posts.


also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (recommended new books)


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Daily Downloads (Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, A Smiths Tribute Album, and more)

Every day, Daily Downloads offers free and legal music and/or stream.


Today's free and legal mp3 downloads:

Brendan Dalton: "Beachcomber's Holler" [mp3] from Medium (out June 22nd)

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone: On the Radio EP [mp3]

The Domestics: "American Drag" [mp3] from The Domestics

Lauryn Peacock: "Wounds Grow Grass" [mp3] from Euphonia (out June 26th)

Lisa LeBlanc: "You Look Like Trouble (But I Guess I Do Too)" [mp3]

Luke Brindley: Crack of Light album [mp3]

Shades: "Time Back" [mp3] from Common Desire (out July 31st)

Thanks: "Red Tattoo" [mp3] from The PDX Pop Now! 2015 Compilation

Various Artists: A Dreaded Sunny Day - A Tribute to The Smiths album [mp3]


Free and legal live performances at other websites:

Media Jeweler: 2015-04-03, Brooklyn [mp3]


search for more free and legal music downloads at Largehearted Boy


also at Largehearted Boy:

other Daily Downloads

covers collections
100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads

Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, books, and pop culture news and links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtrack)
weekly new album lists


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May 28, 2015

Book Notes - Kathleen Ossip "The Do-Over"

The Do-Over

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Kevin Brockmeier, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Kathleen Ossip's The Do-Over is a stunning poetry collection, a powerful and unforgettable elegy for the poet's mother-in-law.

The Paris Review wrote of the book:

"Unassuming and masterfully crafted, Ossip's poetry is sneaky, very often disguising itself as easy and surprising you the moment you let your guard down. . . . The Do-Over is a kind of elegy to contemporary culture: it critiques modern life while basking in its ever-younger, glitzier rabble."

Stream a playlist of these songs at Spotify.


In her own words, here is Kathleen Ossip's Book Notes music playlist for her poetry collection The Do-Over:


I'm a lover of music but I'm not someone who needs music budded into her head to accompany every activity. I like silence too, and talk. As a poet, I find words indispensable. So I should say, I'm a lover of songs, of the corner of Music and Lyrics, the compression of them into both sense and pleasure. Specifically, I'm a lover of pop (and not only in songs, but in film too, and fiction) but only pop that transcends: When a song is both immediately accessible and deeply pleasurable and immeasurably profound, I experience true aesthetic magic. There are a lot of songs sprinkled throughout The Do-Over, overtly and covertly (the list in a minute), but first, there's a particular collection of pop songs that, in a weird way, inspired the shape and spirit of the book.

That would be Tusk, Fleetwood Mac's greatest album and, as my all-time favorite album, music that has become part of my nervous system. When I started writing the poems in the The Do-Over I didn't know much about where I was going with them, but I did know that I wanted The Do-Over, a book about death, to have the formal range and varied textures of Tusk. Singleminded in my exploration of that one grand theme, I wanted a variousness of approach, outlook, form, one way to get at the unfathomable complexity of experience. Similarly Tusk applies itself to its one grand theme (heterosexual bliss, heartache, and rage) with all the multiplicity its three singer-songwriters had in them. You never know what you're going to hear next, except that you know it'll have the shimmer of craft, of its having been thought through in some careful way, and you know that each song will sound intensely like itself. I wanted to create a similar sense of texture for the readers making their way through my book. A sampling of the range (and my favorites for each of the writers):

Lindsey Buckingham's "The Ledge"
Stevie Nick's "Beautiful Child"
Christine McVie's "Never Forget"
(the perfect final song)

Famously, Tusk was producer Lindsey Buckingham's deliberate 180 away from the smooth pop splendor of Rumours, the band's previous mega-success. There's a stripped-down weird artlessness to the production (though the playing and singing remains as artful as ever) that I like to think is also reflected in the blunt, strange, naive voice I tried to evoke in much of The Do-Over.

Now for some individual poem-song pairings:

Poem: "Tool Moan"
Song: Jimi Hendrix, "Voodoo Child"

Jimi Hendrix was a fantastic poet; my favorite of his couplets is "You can hear happiness STAGGERING on down the street
/ Footprints dressed in red," which is from "The Wind Cried Mary." But in this poem, the speaker (me) sits at an outdoor table at an Irish pub, hearing in the distance a funk cover band play "Voodoo Child" while, on the pub's patio, an accordion player attempts to compete with the noise, an epic battle of the derivative versus the authentic. I won't spoil the punchline, which explains the poem's title.

Poem: "Lyric"
Song: Robert Johnson, "Stones in My Passway"

"Lyric" is a longish poem written from the state of mind I found myself in when my beloved stepmother-in-law was dying. (Called A., her story forms the spine of The Do-Over.) I saw death everywhere, in history, in the most mundane of daily activities, in the present political atmosphere. The voice of the poem is anguished, fragmented, histrionic. Two of the three sections end in a three-line blues stanza, in which the speaker (me) voices the deluded fantasy that comes out of her death-drenched despair:

There's a crazy bright object stapled to the Western sky
There's a crown of fire bragging in the Western sky
I'll brag right along with it I am never gonna die

"Stones in My Passway" is a brilliant blues song that uses this traditional stanza, recorded by Johnson in 1936 but so elemental it might as well be prehistoric. It's insanely dark; even the singer's (sexual) body turns against him. A true bookworm, I first encountered this song when I stumbled across Greil Marcus's Mystery Train in my public library when I was in high school. Mystery Train contains a long essay on Robert Johnson's short life and indispensable work, including a detailed analysis of "Stones in My Passway." The argument it seemed to make was: If you want to feel what it is to be American, you need to live with and internalize Johnson's songs. I always (I'm tempted to qualify it with "almost always" but no, always) want to feel deeply American in my poems. This poem includes the quintessential U.S. road trip to the Grand Canyon. As a kid, my immigrant ancestry was very present to me, in the dueling ethnicities of my mother's and father's families (Irish/Italian); harder to come by was a true sense of being American, a longed-for connection with, say, the folk songs ("Polly Wolly Doodle," "Bluetail Fly") in my elementary school textbook. Greil Marcus showed me the way to that connection; Robert Johnson makes the dark end of the way visceral. "Lyric" was written mindful of that same sense of the body's tragic limitations and the same root-deep connection to the U.S. soil.


Poem: "How can we know the journey from the path?"
Song: Bob Dylan, "Subterranean Homesick Blues"

For a while, the British poet Roddy Lumsden enjoyed setting up poetry readings that centered on a single iconic song. When he came to New York in 2009, he invited a bunch of local poets to write poems based on lines in "Subterranean Homesick Blues." He assigned me the lines "Keep a clean nose / Watch the plain clothes," which happen just before the celebrated "You don't need a weather man to know which way the wind blows." Like the song, my poem questions the intentions of "institutions of power" and looks for a place of freedom (of body, of imagination) in a death-ridden culture. The poem was composed while I was listening to the song.

Poem: "Amy Winehouse"
Song: Amy Winehouse, "Rehab"

Poem: Donna Summer
Song: Donna Summer, "I Feel Love"

The Do-Over includes five elegies for famous people who died while the book was being written. "Amy Winehouse" and "Donna Summer" bookend the sequence. Fittingly, the "Amy Winehouse" poem focuses on the formality of her persona and of her craving for escape via substance abuse, so "Rehab" is the appropriate soundtrack. The "Donna Summer" poem is more celebratory, although her death was also untimely, and "I Feel Love," her groundbreaking collaboration with Giorgio Moroder (the first time Brian Eno heard it he said "I have heard the sound of the future"), is called out in several lines of the poem, including the first: "Discourse that night concerned the warm-blooded love we felt."


Poem: "Three True Stories"
Song: Madonna, "Give Me All Your Luvin'"

"Three True Stories" is exactly that, actual things that actually happened to me and other actual people. The third true story happened in the aftermath of the 2012 Superbowl. Madonna put on the halftime show, with the help of a bunch of guest superstars, including a medley of her hits and the premiere of her new offering, "Give Me All Your Luvin'." As many unlikely things tend to do in our house, this song led to an existential dinnertime conversation. You wouldn't think that we could wring death out of this supremely lightweight pop song (and selfie-paean to the life force personified, Madonna) but we did, with my teenage daughter getting the last, knell-like word.


Poem: "What is Death"
Song: John Lennon, "Imagine"

The Do-Over follows the process of A.'s dying and its aftermath; "What is Death" is the poem where the story of her death is told, where she, as a living person, leaves the book. It's a long poem, with many repeated lines and images, one of which is "Above us only sky," from "Imagine." John Lennon was cremated in Hartsdale, NY, where A. lived and died. The first occurrence of the line informs readers of that fact and expresses shocked outrage about the impossibility of life after death:

John Lennon was cremated there.
What??!! Above us only sky?

After that, the line recurs, as the speaker (me) tries and rejects various ways of understanding what happens when someone you love is, abruptly, no more.

Above us only sky.
We don't have the tools, yet, to prove

much of anything. I believe in cosmic energy, spirit
heading to reunite with the source while our

bodies burn to ash or decompose. She would say:
Enjoy life on earth because this is all there is


Story: "After"
Song: Prince, "Kiss"

I knew that I'd have to grapple with the afterlife in this book about death, but for a long time I couldn't figure out how. My dilemma was that I wanted to make the extremely nebulous possibility of an afterlife feel real in the world of the book, something that didn't seem to happen with my attempts at poems on the subject, which no matter how I tried felt tentative and speculative. What finally emerged was the short story "After," where a somewhat clueless woman visits her dead ancestors at night (through the portal of her boyfriend's bathroom mirror) while she struggles with career woes by day. Though she ultimately ends up losing everything, for a while her relationship is happy enough, and "Kiss" serves as the couple's seduction song.

Poem: "The Arrival of Spring"
Music: Mozart, String Quartet No. 14 in G major, K. 387 "Spring" - I. Allegro vivace assai

After death, we hope for rebirth, and as survivors we usually find some metaphorical way to achieve it. In the last section of my book, after A.'s death, I include poems about how we grope our way toward those moments of grace. Spring is a rebirth available to everyone, every year. This poem was inspired by my favorite painting, Botticelli's Primavera. It depicts the moment at which spring blooms, with Venus presiding over all in the center, the Three Graces dancing on her right, Mercury stirring up the clouds with a wooden rod to let the sun shine through, Zephyr and Chloris enacting the allegory of winter-into-spring, blindfolded Cupid hovering. I always think it looks like a charming 15th-century cocktail party with the guests in classical costume. The poem ends:

Below the canopy,

all is explained,
everything's
explainable
and explained.

This pleasant and necessary delusion happens to all of us occasionally and is perhaps most pleasant and necessary after a great loss. Mozart seems the obvious choice for a soundtrack.


Kathleen Ossip and The Do-Over links:

the author's website

Brooklyn Rail review
New York Times review
NPR Books review
Publishers Weekly review
The Rumpus review
Slate review

Huffington Post interview with the author
Tin House interview with the author


also at Largehearted Boy:

Book Notes (2015 - ) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2012 - 2014) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2005 - 2011) (authors create music playlists for their book)
my 11 favorite Book Notes playlist essays

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly comics highlights)
Daily Downloads (free and legal daily mp3 downloads)
guest book reviews
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, literature, and pop culture links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtracks)
weekly music release lists
Word Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)


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Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - May 28, 2015

In the weekly Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week, the Montreal bookstore recommends several new works of fiction, art books, periodicals, and comics.

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly is one of Montreal's premiere independent bookstores.


Melody

Melody
by Sylvie Rancourt

In autobiographical comics that have never before been translated into English, alter ego Melody and her boyfriend Nick move to Montreal from Northern Quebec, where she begins working as an exotic dancer. Despite the challenges, nothing is too much to handle for the cheerful, indomitable heroine.


Strange Plants II

Strange Plants II

Featuring the work of thirty artists, Strange Plants II picks up where the first collection left off, exploring the place of plants in contemporary art. Whether it's how plants are incorporated into their art or how vegetation makes them feel, each artist's approach is unique, and accompanied by an explanatory interview.


The Oaf

The Oaf
by Nick Maandag

What happens when you're sharing a disgusting apartment with a mismatched roommate, and unemployment makes leaving impossible? Do you take a stand or make do? In this comic, the decision isn't always easy.


Breakneck

Breakneck
by Nelly Arcan

A new English translation of famed Quebec writer Nelly Arcan, Breakneck tells the story of Rose and Julie, two women whose competitive relationship and feelings for the same man create an arms race of artificial beauty and debasement, and show the tenuous power of stereotypical femininity.


River Music

River Music
by Mary Soderstrom

In a sweeping work of historical fiction, pianist Gloria Murray put nothing ahead of her musical career. But the secrets of her past collide with the life she's made for herself, thirty years after she studied piano in post-WWII France.


Librairie Drawn & Quarterly links:

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly's blog
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Facebook page
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Tumblr
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Twitter


also at Largehearted Boy:

other Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week

52 Books, 52 Weeks
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly new comics and graphic novel highlights)
Largehearted Word (weekly new book highlights)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
guest book reviews
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)


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