A Mix-Tape of Songs Related to the Writing Life, Over at Electric Literature

   

To celebrate the impending 100-episode mark, I’ve put together a mix-tape of songs related to the writing life over at Electric Literature.  (Big thanks to Elissa Goldstein & Julia Jackson!)

An excerpt:

7.)  SONG TO LISTEN TO SHORTLY BEFORE GIVING A READING TO THREE PEOPLE, ONE OF WHOM IS YOUR MOM, AT A BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSTORE IN TEMPE, ARIZONA.   “THUNDERSTRUCK” – AC/DC

As you pace the “backstage area” of Barnes & Noble like a caged panther under fluorescent lights, try to remember what it took to get to this moment.  The alarm clock going off at 5 a.m.  The long summer Saturdays at your desk.  The shattered relationships.  The endless rejection letters.  The Adderall addiction.  The pain.  Pause for a moment.  Take a sip from your bottle of lukewarm Dasani spring water.  Turn your gaze to Thomas, the Barnes & Noble (Tempe) Author Relations Supervisor, who is really just another cashier.  When he smiles and asks you if you’re “ready to roll,” give him a quasi-homicidal look that says:  I’ve been ready for this my whole life, motherfucker.

To read the full track list, and hear the songs themselves, just click right here.