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November 9, 2018

Brielle Brilliant's Playlist for Her Novel "The Spud"

The Spud

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

Brielle Brilliant's novel The Spud is both startling and haunting, an unforgettable debut.

Scott McClanahan wrote of the book:

"I can't think of another writer like Brielle Brilliant right now. She's doing something really unforgettable with language and narrative and memory and time. The Spud blew me away."


In her own words, here is Brielle Brilliant's Book Notes music playlist for her novel The Spud:



Do While by Oval
A suggestion for healing. The opposite of a kid getting sprayed by dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane or a lost sandwich. You can’t memorize every chemical on the chart, you can’t sit in your chair and worst case scenario every brick of the house; procedures glitch and that’s the beautiful here.

Do While by Oval
Hiccup’s the brother of ruminating. Hickup. Will all the hicks rise to the front. So much possibility in thinking. You can go to dark places, or fuck a milkshake. Skip, skip, nothings broke, the elegance in cd glitch.

Do While by Oval
The great ecstasy of driving. And ski flying. And seat flying. Steering wheel, no hands. Anything’s a lobe, slow-motion canal, shower portal bringing water to cheek, to thank. I remember the lobes in those dotted lines, driving. Hope in the sit.

Do While by Oval
I was dreaming of Information Fasts (leaving

Do While by Oval
And in the nightmares, there were thousands of holes and wires connecting everything everywhere, like a big switchboard in a horrible tangle. Value an image’s redundancies in relation to what. In relation to.

Do While by Oval
Why would you listen to the same song over and over again when there are millions of songs out there, all waiting for you. The companys.

Do While by Oval
The creative abuse of a disc player, apparently. But that’s far away. That was explaining. Mutilated the disc like every kid with a paraplegic doll. Used scissors and dust or a scratch, to the top. The doll’s never ugly, that’s the trick, how to slide smoother than most legged dolls, fall into splinters, the perfect ronde jombe.


Brielle Brilliant and The Spud links:

the author's website
excerpt from the book

Hooligan Mag interview with the author


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