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June 13, 2007

The Sincerest Form of Flattery?

The new New York Times new book blog, Paper Cuts, has started a weekly series, “Living With Music,” "a playlist of songs from a writer or some other kind of book-world personage."

Several blogs, notably Ed Champion and Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind have pointed out the series' resemblance to the Largehearted Boy Book Notes feature, where authors create and discuss a music playlist that in some way relates to their recently published book. I appreciate the fervored defense, but the "Living With Music" series is based more on the author's overall musical tastes, while the Book Notes feature focuses on music and how it relates to a specific book. "Living With Music" is more akin to Wendi Kaufman's "If I Had an iPod" series at the Happy Booker.

As a fan and evangelist of the arts, any means that introduces people to quality literature and music gets my approval. The Largehearted Boy Book Notes series features 108 author's playlists, with many more to come, and I'm just happy to be spreading the love...


see also:

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

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