literary mixtapes: my new favorite thing

i recently discovered a  feature on one of my new must-read blogs, flavorwire.

it’s called “literary mixtape,” and as you may infer, it’s a playlist of songs that well-known literary characters may have listened to, if they were real. there’s only two mixtapes at the moment, but so far, so good.

here’s holden caulfield‘s:

Holden Caulfield is the king of all disillusioned youth, an angst-ridden teenager slouching from dorm room to city street to dance hall with general indifference and a real lousy attitude. There are about a million songs about him, which are pretty well documented, but  what would the fellow listen to himself? He would surely think pop music is completely phony, and probably wouldn’t be interested in anything anyone he knew liked, but he’s an asocial, introspective depressive, so we’re pretty sure he’d get a kick out of some of the same songs that got us through our teenage years – if he’d like anything at all, that is.

and some of my favorite excerpts:

“E is for Estranged” – Owen Pallett

“Pathos is born/ born out of bullshit in formal attire”

“Between the Bars” – Elliott Smith

Both metaphorically and literally.

“Sing, Sing, Sing” – Benny Goodman & His Orchestra

Holden sure does appreciate a girl who can dance the jitterbug, even if she’s completely dopey.

“The State I Am In” – Belle & Sebastian

Some state or other. Not to be confused with Le Pastie de la Bourgeoise, which name drops the book.

“Something Vague” – Bright Eyes

Because if Holden Caulfield doesn’t listen to Bright Eyes, we don’t know who does.

“Cars & Telephones” – Arcade Fire

That’s just about all there is, isn’t it?

“One Man Guy” – Rufus Wainwright

“Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”

“The Only Living Boy in New York” – Simon & Garfunkel

And barely, at that.

you can listen to this playlist on site. also check out this week’s feature: tintin.


~ by CJL on December 28, 2010.

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