Twenty Writers on the Albums That Changed Their Lives
by Peter Terzian
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“Writers love music,” observes Peter Terzian in his introduction to Heavy Rotation: Twenty Writers on the Albums That Changed Their Lives. “A good ear is almost a requirement of the job; the best writing has voice, has rhythm.” Indeed, John Ashbery has spoken of his poetry’s indebtedness to music, and Samuel Beckett gave precise attention to the cadence of his plays. In Heavy Rotation, however, technical discussions have been traded for highly personal—and highly readable—accounts of the relationship between music and literature.
For anyone interested in what cultural producers are listening to, it’s interesting to note that the records chosen in this anthology—by writers including Colm Tóibín, Kate Christensen, James Wood, and Martha Southgate—are not particularly hip, and more often than not, the selections
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