Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

Feels like: reading a Wes Anderson film; all Kodachrome pastels, eccentric observations and quirky inner dialogue. Song pairing: “Water” by Sudan Archives 🗺“My love for my mother is like an axe. It cuts very deep.”🗺 Hot Milk takes us on a very strange, very character-driven journey through a mother’s hypochondria, and a daughter’s desperate desire […]

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Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

Feels like: The Blob meets Buffy. Song pairing: “The Only Way” by Tricky 🐻”We held eachother for a time in that hideaway, that unexpected sanctuary, while the city smoldered and the world went on changing without us.” 🐻 I read the Annihilation Series a few years ago, in a fanatic spiral of science fiction and […]

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The Gloaming by Melanie Finn

Feels like: Reading a postcard from an old college girlfriend who is traversing the globe to disguise her poor life choices, and the bitter feelings that come with it. Song pairing: “Changed” by Jp Saxe (Vasco remix) 👗”I saw her face and she did not know that she was dying, did not know I was killing […]

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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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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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