February 23, 2015
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, George Pelecanos, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.
Jynne Dilling Martin's poetry collection We Mammals in Hospitable Times dazzles with every line, and connects the reader to the world in ways only a talented poet can.
Stream a playlist of these songs at Spotify.
The great, cantankerous Vladimir Nabokov once described the ideal writer-reader experience in surprisingly romantic terms: "Up a trackless slope climbs the master artist, and at the top, on a windy ridge, whom do you think he meets? The panting and happy reader, and there they spontaneously embrace and are linked forever."
The writer writes alone, for years at time. The reader reads alone, often many years or centuries later. But something mystical happens in the space of a great book: two people brush up, connect, a transmission arcs across space and time. Nabokov may be dead, but he and I have hugged it out a dozen or more occasions. And I experience this ecstatic embrace with all art that stirs me deeply, no matter how vastly different the shape, time period, or form (Issa's death haiku, or the performances of the remarkable Miguel Gutierrez; Rebecca Horn's sculptures, or Caspar David Friedrich's Monk by the Sea).
Certain songs are like this for me too. And when I love a song in this way, I can listen to it easily over a thousand times, for months and even years on end. So this won't be a long list: only a few songs do this for me. Here they are paired with a poem from We Mammals that has some secret private history with each of them. With or without my poems, I still wish you ecstatic embrace listening with any of these!
"Poor in Love" - Destroyer
ALWAYS THROW THE FIRST FISH BACK
"When I Get Home" - Elizabeth Cotten
HOW LONG IS THE COAST OF BRITAIN?
"You Could Get Lost Out Here" - AC Newman
AM GOING SOUTH, AMUNDSEN
"Perfect Day" - Lou Reed
AUTOPSIES WERE MADE WITH THE FOLLOWING RESULTS
"Ooh Child" - Nina Simone
REPERCUSSIONS OF THE CURRENT IMPORT/EXPORT RATIO
"Rooks" - Shearwater
DROPPED THINGS ARE BOUND TO SINK
"This Will Be Our Year" - The Zombies
Jynne Dilling Martin and We Mammals in Hospitable Times links:
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