Bookstr’s Weekend Lit Playlist, Vol. 5

Did ya miss us last week? We missed you too! Our resident playlist-er decided he liked the weekend so much, he’d make it a week long. Fortunately, the wait is over! We brewed you a double-shot of songs that remind us of the week’s top book stories, as well as various, beautiful, book-referencing songs we’ve found along the way. Take a taste!

This fortnight’s article rundown:

“Million Dollar Bills” by Lorde  – Emily Roese’s look into whiteness and wealth in popular literature

“Lamento Africano” by Art Blakey – An on-target tune to usher in Zadie Smith’s new novel about two bi-continental dancers, Swing Time

“Movin’ Right Along” from The Muppet Movie – The perfect song for the exceptional tale of the travelogue-writing gnome

“Bed Bed Bed” by They Might Be Giants – How one father’s bedtime story went from self-published to an in-flight read on Virgin Atlantic

“Super Duper Love” by Joss Stone – A favorite cut from the Bridget Jones’s Diary movie to celebrate the return of the book series

“Shop Around” by Captain & Tennille – One writer’s advice on the do’s and don’ts of book shopping

“Cool Cat” by Queen – One real author imagines the writings of some cool cat poets

“Please Mr. Jailer” by Wynona Carr – For our list of authors that found some writing time while rotting in jail

“Fear of a Black Planet” by Public Enemy – For the disappointing lack of black writers in science and speculative fiction

“The Book of Love” by The Magnetic Fields – A sweet love song to remind us of last week’s National Book Lovers’ Day

“Off the Grid” by The Beastie Boys – An instrumental track for the London bookstores banning phones, wi-fi, and other modern distractions from their stores

“Light of the Seven” by Ramin Djawadi – An amazing composition from the musician behind Game of Thrones that is taking his music on tour

“Stolen Moments” by Oliver Nelson – A discussion on stealing ideas v. parallel thinking in literature

“Chelsea Morning” by Joni Mitchell – Another look at the literary legacy of the Chelsea Hotel

“Anxiety” by Giraffage – A stress-reducing song for the very real phenomenon of “library anxiety

“The Diff’rence” by J Dilla – The discovery of “astonishing differences” between the UK and US versions of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas

“Brace for Impact (Live a Little)” by Sturgill Simpson – No surprise here: readers live longer lives


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