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August 31, 2012

Book Notes - Marie Myung-Ok Lee "What My Son's Disabilities Taught Me About 'Having It All'"

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

Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Kevin Brockmeier, George Pelecanos, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, David Peace, Myla Goldberg, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Marie Myung-Ok Lee's writing continually impresses me. Her recent essay in the Atlantic, "What My Son's Disabilities Taught Me About 'Having It All'" is one of the most inspiring, moving, and authentic pieces I have read in years.

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In her own words, here is Marie Myung-Ok Lee's Book Notes music playlist for her essay, "What My Son's Disabilities Taught Me About 'Having It All'":

"Society" by Eddie Vedder

This song never fails to astonish. Not only the intelligence of the lyrics, but the simplicity and purity of the music—quiet, rhythmic back background, single-note solos. Eddie Vedder is the kind of musician who can make a ukulele sound like a full-string orchestra. I've loved this song for a long time, and I knew when I wanted to write an essay about living with my son, who has severe disabilities, this was my go-to song.

People often assume that I can't write as much because of my son's enormous needs, his disruptiveness. But ironically, my efflorescence as an essayist as well as a novelist I can say is because of my son.

When you want more than you have
You think you need
And when you think more than you want
Your thoughts begin to bleed

Marie Myung-Ok Lee and "What My Son's Disabilities Taught Me About 'Having It All'" links:

the author's Wikipedia entry

also at Largehearted Boy:

Book Notes (2012 - ) (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

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