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March 25, 2009

Note Books - Sarah Borges

The Note Books series features musicians discussing their literary side. Past contributors have included John Darnielle, John Vanderslice, and others.


Sarah Borges released her third album, The Stars Are Out yesterday, an eclectic mix of covers and originals that Rolling Stone called "tuneful and unhip in a hip kinda way."

In her own words, here is the Note Books entry from Sarah Borges:

Ok, so I must confess to not pushing my mind's limits too far while I'm in the van on tour. I think I typically want to just dive into something that removes me from my situation for a while. I'm not talking a steady diet of Harlequin romances here, but neither am I James Joyce-ing it either.

Here are some of my not-too-guilty pleasures:

Lisey's Story – Stephen King

I'm a big fan of Stephen King so much of the time because he's one of the only hugely popular creative people who has supplied me with so many ‘oh my god, I can't believe someone else in the world thinks that' moments.

This book is full of them; a story about a woman who has to come to terms with the dark place her late husband had to go to in order to make his art. It's part mystery and part love story, and part choose your own adventure, because there are so many levels of understanding this book. Rarely has a writer captured what it's like to try to charm the muse with bad results.

Peyton Place- Grace Metalious

This book got me through my first 8 week tour. I was hating life, and reading it was the equivalent of lying on the couch in my pj's while my mum made tea. Even though a lot of the scandals around which the book centers are dated now, it's kind of refreshing in some way.

Bridge of Sighs – Richard Russo

He's a favorite author of mine. His writing voice reminds me of my dad, and he's a really good American storyteller. I guess the test for me is that I forget that I'm reading, rather than listening to, a Russo book.

The World According to Garp – John Irving

A must re-read over and over again. I love John Irving's tangents, and his dirty side. The movie version was perfectly cast with Robin Williams and Glenn Close, and they run around in my head as I read Garp for the 40th time. This book is like really moldy good cheese; it's kind of stinky and weird, but it feels good to have and you definitely remember it.

Sarah Borges links and mp3 downloads:

Sarah Borges website
Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles MySpace page
Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles Facebook group
Sarah Borges Wikipedia entry

"Better at the End of the Day" [mp3] from The Stars Are Out
"The Day We Met (live)" [mp3]
"Lord Only Knows (live)" [mp3]
Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles free and legal live recordings at the Live Music Archive
Sarah Borges posts at Largehearted Boy

also at Largehearted Boy:

Previous Note Books submissions (musicians discuss literature)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
guest book reviews
musician/author interviews
Soundtracked (directors discuss their film's soundtracks)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2008 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2007 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2005 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)

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