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July 14, 2016

Book Notes - Jennifer Spiegel and Paul Fuhr "Dead Inside"

Dead Inside: Poems and Essays About Zombies

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

Inspired by televisions The Walking Dead, Dead Inside is an impressive literary anthology that examines our fascination with the undead through poems and essays.

In their own words, here is Jennifer Spiegel and Paul Fuhr's Book Notes music playlist for the anthology Dead Inside: Poems and Essays About Zombies:


Walker Hymns
prepared by Jennifer Spiegel, featuring Paul Fuhr

Dead Inside, the first title from Foiled Crown Books, is a collaboration. What do two poets and a fiction-writer do when planning a playlist for their anthology of literature about The Walking Dead? They get a music guy on board!

Each of us is musically driven or inspired in individual ways. Personally, I have to admit that the music in the early seasons of The Walking Dead was a big draw. Raw, somber tunes seemed to work against the potential for cheesiness inherent in a zombie show. I created a Pandora Station called The Walking Dead Radio, where I heard "Oats in the Water" by Ben Howard and "Warm Shadow" by Fink. But this is a literary anthology of many voices, so we sought unity. How might we pull together many poets and many prose writers together with melody? Writer Paul Fuhr offered his talents in giving our book a soundtrack! Here’s Paul (we thank him profusely):


When I was asked to curate a playlist for the anthology Dead Inside, I was as honored as I was paralyzed. How could I possibly convey something so specific through just a few songs? And that’s when it dawned on me: I would not have done this subject justice with only a couple of well-chosen tunes. The playlist needed to be epic, sweeping, spectacular—and still, somehow personal. Just as the anthology is about more than merely the notion of “zombie”—it’s a mélange of ideas about our bodies, society, identity, and mortality—so, too, is this playlist larger in scope. As a whole, the playlist can bring about a growing sense of dread as much as it will echo a thundering drive for survival. Taken on their own, however, each song is its own singular commentary on a zombie apocalypse. Some tracks are so sparse that they seem to be grieving; some of them exist in a very narrow, liminal musical space—not quite here nor there, the kind of disassociation we would experience in losing civilization as we know it and the routines of our daily lives. There are tracks about things returning to this world, which is not quite the same as it was before. Some of them are catchy earworms that simply infect you. Some are calls to arms. Some of them are broken and hopeless. Some speak to being isolated from everything you know and love. More than anything, this playlist echoes what I imagine would be the human emotional experience of the zombie apocalypse: it’s disorienting, chaotic, lumbering, shifting, and highly specific to wherever you find yourself when it happens. While it may appear dead on the surface, this playlist very much has a pulse:



Terminus: Ital Tek, Hollowed
The Suburbs: My Little Jeans Pocketknife
Letters From The Sky: Civil Twilight, Civil Twilight
Afraid of Everyone: The National, High Violet (Expanded Edition)
Empires: Northeast Party House, Northeast Party House
I Say Fever: Ramona Falls, Intuit
Ebb & Flow: Man Without Country, Foe
The Dark Has Fallen: Air Formation, Daylight Storms
Visiting Statue: Grimes, Visions
Bleed Bleed Bleed: Thieves Like Us, Bleed Bleed Bleed
The Dream Has Faded: Geographer, Myth
Water Hymn: Painted Palms, Canopy
Oshin (Subsume): DIIV, Oshin
Put Me To Sleep: Porcelain Raft, Strange Weekend
Dream Beat: Peaking Lights, Lucifer
Three Seed: Silversun Pickups, Carnavas
Doused: DIIV, OShin
I Will Return: Ratatat, Magnifique
Spectre: Radiohead, Spectre
Octobre: Edith Crash, Partir
Your Hand In Mine: Explosions In The Sky, The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
Brain Damage: Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon
Eclipse: Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon
Gunshot: Lykke Li, I Never Learn
Last Song (feat. Matt Berninger): Clogs, Matt Berninger, The Creatures in the Garden Of Lady Walton
Opening: Philip Glass, Martin Jacoby, Opening – Single
Signals – 2005 Digital Remaster: Brian Eno, Apollo
Both Sides Are Even: The Boxer Rebellion, The Cold Still
Regular Disease: Blind Mr. Jones, Stereo Musicals
Wyoming: Heather Woods Broderick, Glider
Loomer – Remastered Version: My Bloody Valentine, Loveless
Pancake: Tori Amos, Scarlet’s Walk
Hey Moon: John Maus, We Must Become the . . .
Metallic Cloud: Damien Jurado, Brothers and Sisters o . . .
Gethsemane: Dry the River, Gethsemane
Electric Man: Rival Sons, Great Western Valkyrie
Windows: Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire For No . . .
Only Skin: The Spring Standards, Yellow//Gold
Mumble: Whirr, Sway
Song to the Siren: Amen Dunes, Cowboy Worship
Vesper: Itel Tek, Hollowed
Dust: H/ELOS, Full Circle
------: Doveman, With MY Left Hand I R . . .
Nitrous Gas: Frightened Rabbit, Pedestrian Verse
Echoes: Washed Out, Within and Without
Peregrine: Story Books, Peregrine
Tempest: Lucius, Tempest
Exposure: Glasser, Interiors
Glas/Green: Solomon Grey, Dathanna – Sounds of . . .
Heart Space: Vex’d Anneka, Cloud Seed
Wall of Light: Om Unit, Threads
Inside/outside: The Free Association, Code 46
Hypnotised: Broadway Project Da . . ., Film Works Vol. 1
Winter Sleep: Valgeir Sigurooson, D. . . , Ekvilbrium
The Obeisant Vine (Hammock Re . . .: Hellos Remixed
Stem – LP: DJ Shadow, Reconstructed: The . . .
Missed: Julia Kent, Green and Grey
No Place to Go: The Oscillation, From Tomorrow
Cult of silver: RA, Bloodline
All My Prayers: Magic Castles, Magic Castles
The Field: Jon Hopkins, How I Live Now (Origi . . .)
Stone: Bird Courage, Mala Manu
Rose Quartz: Toro y Moi, Anything in Return
Open Eye Signal: Jon Hopkins, Immunity
Backchannels: Shearwater, Jet Plane and Oxbow
Apply: Glasser, Ring
Berlin: RY X, Berlin EP
The Quotidian Beasts: Phosophorescent, Muchacho
Something In The Way: Nirvana, MTV Unplugged in N . . .
Flooded Eye: Negative Lovers, .38 Loves Me 10”
Blackout: Sennen, Where the Light Gets In
The Sun’s Coming Up and My P . . .: Young Galaxy, Swing Your Heartach . . .
Posters: Youth Lagoon, The Year of Hibernati . . .
Runaway: Szymon, Tigersnap
Talisman: Air, Moon Safari
Another Wave From You: M83, Hurry Up, We’re Drea . . .
God’s Whisper: Raury, God’s Whisper
If I Had A Tail: Queens of the Stone, . . .Like Clockwork
Still Cold: Mazzy Star, Among My Swan
My Body Betrayed Me: Black Wing, . . . Is Doomed
Sundowner: Blanck Mass, Blanck Mass
Reach For The Dead: Boards of Canada, Tomorrow’s Harvest
Cradle: Dreamscape, La-Di-Da Recordings
The Birth and Death Of The Day: Explosions In The Sky, All of a Sudden I Miss . . .
Get Back: Fog Lake, There’s a Spirit, There . . .
Still Life: The Horrors, Skying
Untitled: Interpol, Turn On The Bright Li . . .
Farewell/Goodbye: M83, Before The Dawn He . . .
Staralfur: Sigur Ros, Agaetis Byrjun
Valley of Gardens: Teen Daze, Morning World
Swirl: Westkust, Swirl
Happy Alone: Saintseneca, Dark Arc
In Every Mind: Red Sparrowes The Fear Is Excruciati . . .
New Topia: This Will Destroy, Another Language
Contrails: Glowworm, The Coachlight Woods
Decks Dark: Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool
All I Need: Radiohead, In Rainbows
The Funeral: Stars Of The Lid, Carte-de-visita
Subtext: John Foxx, Translucence + Drift . . .
Their Memories – 2005 Digital Re . . .: Harold Budd, The Pearl


Jennifer Spiegel, Paul Fuhr and Dead Inside: Poems and Essays About Zombies links:

Jennifer Spiegel's website
Paul Fuhr's The Fuhrious Podcast


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