Musical Writers on Literary Music and Vice Versa, Or Some Combination Thereof

By Communications Office Tue, August 28, 2007

Writers and musicians are inspired by one another in an artistic feedback loop that has given us, among other things, High Fidelity and The Crane Wife . While this stimulating interconnectivity may have always been intuitively clear to interested parties, now the blogosphere brings you musical playlists from celebrated authors and recommended reading lists from accomplished musicians . (Largehearted Boy features both actually.) Pay special attention to Daniel Handler's playlist here , in which he facetiously suggests that if you want anything more than "drunken honkeytonk piano which acquires a gunshot wound, hobbles off into a manual typewriter fugue that winds up as Morrocan disco before ticking off into the sunset . . . you ought to be ashamed of yourself." And by the way, Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket himself) will be appearing at the Central Library's Montgomery Auditorium on Tuesday, October 2, at 8:00 p.m. Click here for ticket info.

Renaissance man Daniel Handler is a sometime accordionist for the Magnetic Fields (not pictured).
Renaissance man Daniel Handler is a sometime accordionist for the Magnetic Fields (not pictured).

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