The Grip If It by Jac Jemc

Feels like: Seeing something out of the corner of your eye, but it’s just a hat rack. Wait, you don’t have a hat rack. Song pairing:  “Saturn” by Sufjan Stevens Meet James and Julie. They live in the city, work semi-professional jobs, and are married for a blip before James’ gambling addiction drains him of his savings […]

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Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller

Feels like: Every single time you tell your girlfriend “Seriously, just leave him,” and she says “But I can’t, you don’t understand.” Song pairing: “Bluecid” by Sevadaliza If you haven’t read Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller, you’re doing this all wrong. I was expecting something incredibly different after having read Claire Fuller’s debut […]

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We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

Feels like: Being in eleventh grade and watching the teacher talk, but listening to loud rock music in your headphones. Song pairing: The Scientist by Coldplay (And the music from the book. Tommy Wallach is also a musician and composed an entire album to go with his debut novel!) This book opens with teenage angst. […]

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Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Feels like: Riding the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland and interacting with the ghosts. Song pairing: “All The Time” by Bahamas “Tying a shoe; tying a knot on a package; a mouth on yours; a hand on yours; the ending of the day; the beginning of the day; the feeling that there will always be […]

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Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher

Feels like: Hanging out at the park at night with that guy from your fourth period chemistry class Song pairing: Dancing on My Own by Robyn; Love Will Tear Us Apart (covered)by Fall Out Boy I have a lot of feelings about Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher, and the Netflix series adapted from the […]

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Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett

Feels like: When you forget your phone and have to spend hours in a room without a distraction from your own unraveling thoughts. Song pairing: Avant Gardener by Courtney Barnett. “Of course it’s expressive–what could be more arousing than inexplicable disdain my God.”  There’s not much to say plot-wise about Claire-Louise Bennett’s Pond. I mean, there’s […]

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