Monday, October 3
ever since Colin Meloy described Kate Bush as the queen of it, i'm quizzical as to whether it's really a thing. stormbrain let's list:
• C.M. and the 'brists(sic) duh 'cuz of "Song for Myla Goldberg" and some obvious Moby Dick snatches (though M.D. is a little too easy of a pop trope - from Laurie Anderson to Mastadon to the Sun Destroyers - not to mention Herman's idiot grand-nephew-or-whatever himself - to really be fare gaim.)
• K.B. okay, well she did write freaking "Wuthering Heights"
• Morrissey/Smiths; Wilde is on his side, not to just enlist anyone who ever scribed a literary lyrical namecheck, but this is a special case because a conversation with Rich about it was how this particular thought-train got started, and apparently Mozzer talks about Oscar in interviews and stuff. [sidelist: weirdo nickname names like that which nobody seems to actually use except in print - mozzer (always makes me think mozzerella), macca, macphisto (had forgot that one), jacko, jojo (richman).]
• U2 is friends with Salman Rushdie; they wrote a song for his silly rockstar book, and he played on stage with them once or something.
• Douglas Adams played guitar on stage with Pink Floyd for his birthday
• the Nick Hornby/Marah thing
• Rick Moody/Magnetic Fields. or was that just that one thing? and who was it that wrote lyrics with Warren Zevon or something?
• Leonard Cohen writes books. Patti Smith and Jim Carroll. (and um Jewel.)
• Madonna's childrens books.
• The Big Wheel (Bruce Thomas)
• James McMurtry (rocker), son of Larry McMurtry (writer)
• Stephin Coates or whatever his (the real) name is, and the Glenn Duncan novel
• right, apparently the Walkmen are writing a novel (together?)
• the Hold Steady are bandied about as narrativists, and maybe Okkervil River. but now we're just talking "literary" as an adjective.
• what's this nonsense about Radiohead and Joyce?
• Dylan? and who? ("mine have been like Verlaine's and Rimbaud's")
• I know I said not to do this, but since Gabe is currently proclaiming it the best book ever: "Raskolnikov felt sick..."
• NMH and Diary of a Young Girl doesn't count, right?
• Zeppelin/Tolkein, hah.
this is getting hard, and tenuous. any other connections you wanna make? the two arenas seem pretty disparate, surprisingly even.
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