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October 3, 2006

Book Notes - Kate Hunter ("The Dream Sequence")

Kate Hunter's The Dream Sequence carries a blurb from one of my favorite poets, John Ashbery. When Ashbery called the book "scary, mesmerizing, sometimes improbably funny," I knew this was a book for me. The Dream Sequence follows a woman with no memory as she fights to regain her past through her dreams with the help of a witch doctor. Hunter deftly portrays the woman's struggles, both against her cursed amnesia and the bad memories she is sure to uncover.

In her own words, here is Kate Hunter's unique Book Notes entry for her novel, The Dream Sequence:

musician: Link Wray
song: “Fire and Brimstone”
commentary: “I’ve seen fire, fire and brimstone, coming down, around my head.”

musician: Traditional
song: “I’ll Fly Away”
commentary: self-explanatory

musician: The Velvet Underground
song: “Ocean”
commentary: “Insects are evil thoughts, part of my selfish mind, they nearly drive me crazy.”

musician: Tatyana Makhavadze
song: “Kari Shalshi Antebulo”
commentary: Inexplicable

musician: Taana Gardner
song: “Heartbeat”
commentary: Once in the mid-eighties I was walking up Broadway in NYC and I heard this song blasting. Some people had stopped their car while it played on the radio and the whole family—grandparents, parents, kids—were dancing to it in the street.

musician: Led Zeppelin
song: “When the Levee Breaks”
commentary: “When the levee breaks, ain’t no place to go.”

musician: Can
song: “You Doo Right”
commentary: “You made a believer out of me.”

musician: JJ Cale
song: "If You’re Ever in Oklahoma”
commentary: “If you’re ever in Oklahoma, you’d better move around the law.

musician: Suicide
song: “Dream Baby Dream”
commentary: “Dream baby dream. Forever.”

musician: Run-DMC
song: “Walk This Way”
commentary: Two songs in one.

musician: Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
song: “Prayer to Nyame Sherab Gyaltsen”
commentary: Tibetan Buddhist monks write new words to this song for each person they love, asking them not to die.

musician: MC5
song: “Kick Out the Jams”
commentary: self-explanatory

musician: The Staple Singers
song: “I’ll Take You There”
commentary: One of a number of great songs I have heard in drugstores.

musician: Skip James
song: “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues”
commentary: self-explanatory

musician: Iggy and the Stooges
song: “I Need Somebody”
commentary: self-explanatory

musician: Buddy Miles
song: “Them Changes”
commentary: Buddhist.

musician: Ardino Marras
song: “A Su Duce Italiano”
commentary: inexplicable

musician: Bob Dylan
song: “Baby Let Me Follow You Down”
commentary: “Well I’ll do anything in this God Almighty world if you’ll just let me follow you down.”

musician: Tim Buckley
song: “Move With Me”
commentary: “Oh what a waste of sin.”

musician: Hair
song: “Let the Sunshine In”
commentary: Happy Ending.

see also:

the author's website

Previous Book Notes submissions (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2005 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)

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