June 16, 2015
In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.
Etgar Keret builds a moving, lyrical, and insightful portrait of his life between the birth of his son and the death of his father in his new memoir The Seven Good Years.
Publishers Weekly wrote of the book:
"Without overplaying any single aspect of a complicated life in complicated times in a complicated place, Keret's lovely memoir retains its essential human warmth, demonstrating that with memoirs, less can often be more."
Stream a playlist of these songs at Spotify.
What kind of optimistic advice can you give your newborn baby in a region where people frequently kill each other?
"Kooks," David Bowie
Year two :
Being a writer on the road can put you in beautiful and awkward situations both in your life and in your dreams.
"Dream Operator," Talking Heads (From the soundtrack of the movie True Stories)
"Any dumb person can teach you how to make a baby but who can teach us how to make a father?" Says Stromae in his song. And he is right, being a father is a demanding job nobody had ever prepared us for.
With every month my son grows, I find myself less able to explain to him the crazy world around us.
"The Boy in the Bubble," Paul Simon, from Graceland
I wrote my first story during my compulsory army service. There were probably easier ways to stay sane but I just couldn't think of any.
"Until The End of the World," Nick Cave
To lose a father to a terminal disease has the curse of a sad and inescapable ending as well as the blessing for having the time to say your farewells.
"Wish You Were Here," Pink Floyd
My father had left me a pair of shoes and a huge belief in the goodness of mankind. I hope that the belief won't wear out as quickly as the shoes.
"Smile," Charlie Chaplin
Etgar Keret and The Seven Good Years links:
All Things Considered profile of the author
Atlas Review interview with the author
Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay by the author for Suddenly, a Knock on the Door
PEN America interview with the author
also at Largehearted Boy:
Book Notes (2015 - ) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2012 - 2014) (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
100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly comics highlights)
Daily Downloads (free and legal daily mp3 downloads)
guest book reviews
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, literature, and pop culture links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtracks)
weekly music release lists
Word Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)