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March 4, 2016

Book Notes - Sean Beaudoin "Welcome Thieves"

Welcome Thieves

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, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Sean Beaudoin’s collection Welcome Thieves is filled with dark, fast-moving, and rewarding stories.

Sam Lipsyte wrote of the collection:

"Sean Beaudoin’s stories are funny and propulsive. The voices of his narrators are truly live. Welcome Thieves is a remarkable and welcome book."

In his own words, here is Sean Beaudoin's Book Notes music playlist for his short story collection Welcome Thieves:

There are twelve stories in Welcome Thieves. I chose one song that seemed to epitomize a character, feeling, or missed opportunity in each.

Nick in Nine (9) Movements

Nick becomes Nikki, joins a band. Then leaves it and joins another. Then leaves it and joins another.

Black Uhuru's "Shine Eye Gal" is the clear choice here, not only because they're mentioned in passing, but because I had a serious crush on the singer, Puma Jones, when I was the same age as Nikki.

The Rescues

"The music was a carnival orchestra, like being jabbed with a fork. It whirled and beeped and honked with glee. In the center of the bedlam was Charlie, who held it all together, plucked away at his bass, sang and hummed and drove the other musicians like sled dogs across the tundra. At any other time Danny would likely have hated this prophet, this Charles Mingus. He would have snapped the dial, searched for ZZ Top or ‘Separate Ways,’ but now, lying across from her, he understood."
So, yeah. Charles Mingus, "Solo Dancer."

Hey Monkey Chow

Let's take a look at the disadvantages of a lifetime spent lusting after your adopted sister, and while we're doing so, can there be anything but a few choruses of The Buzzcock's "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't)"?

D.C. Metro

Penny Laid is a psychic (or maybe just imagined) runaway skate punk kicked out of her last squat. Somehow she finds a room in a beautiful brownstone with two new roommates, Jack and Francis. What's the soundtrack to an irreplaceable bottle of Merlot being spilled on white carpet? Unquestionably Stiff Little Fingers "Suspect Device."

All Dreams Are Night Dreams

Having to wear a rubber suit while playing the villain in a Cirque du Soleil-style ballet that takes place in an enormous pool on the Vegas strip can sap any man's belief in God, let alone other men. The smell of spit mixed with chlorine drying on the inside of our collective mask almost certainly calls for Dean Martin's "Memories are Made of This."

You Too Can Graduate in Three Years with a Degree in Contextual Semiotics

An elliptical story about being bored by people sad about the randomness of the choices they've made in life, and where it failed to lead them. The only cure is J Dilla's "Workinonit."

And Now Let’s Have Some Fun

Cannibals, an underground boxing ring, The Nurse, and a gorgeous night in Tokyo. It's Roxy Music's "Do The Strand."

Tiffany Marzano’s Got a Record

San Francisco, 1991. In the midst of an AIDS crisis the rest of the country has decided to pretend isn't happening. Celibate. Sober by a thread. Embezzling from the non-profit you work for.

So totally Soft Machine's "Joy of a Toy."

Comedy Hour

"Partly because the truly beautiful are almost never compromised by anything, bright light or tunnels or random opinions, and partly because I’ve been in love with her since eighth grade, which everyone but Steve apparently knew about, a fact that became obvious after he hooked up with her at a party a few weekends ago."

Ike and Tina Turner covering Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love"

Base Omega Has Twelve Dictates

The future will bring us no available water, lizard jerky, and many arguments about who gets to use the last tarp. If only the generator had a final drop of gas so we could try to pronounce "dystopic" correctly while listening to Arvo Pärt's "Tabula Rasa."


"Schoolgirls slapped each other's lollipops to the ground, kept saying, hey bitch! Hey!"
Digital Leather's "Your Hand, My Glove"

Welcome Thieves

What do we really take from each other in relationships, and is that loss, the ache of something indefinable having been stripped away, the whole point to begin with?

"I've been breaking glass in your room again."

David Bowie, "Breaking Glass"

Sean Beaudoin and Welcome Thieves links:

the author's website
video trailer for the book

Jeffrey Pillow interview with the author
Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay by the author for Wise Young Fool
Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay by the author for You Killed Wesley Payne
New Day Northwest interview with the author
Seattle Met 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)
guest book reviews
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
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)

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