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Tune it to our Spotify playlist for BOOTSTRAPPER by @MardiLink , featuring songs from the book, it may be our most eclectic mix yet.

The song “Some Nights,” by indie pop band Fun, was a Top 40 hit and one of Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Songs of 2012.  The music video, depicting a fictional battle from the Civil War and angsty lovers on both sides, recently caught the attention of historian Allen Guelzo, author of the forthcoming Gettysburg.  He thought the video was a “hoot,” and offered some context for the events on screen:
Overall tone and emotional saliency:
“For men who went through combat in the Civil War, life afterwards seemed stale. Many sought life-risking adventures to meet the craving that the war had created. Many of the ideals the war was fought for disappeared along with the battle smoke. Those who survived needed to find something new, something stimulating, or else lapse into depression, rage or madness.”
Historical accuracy:
“In actual combat, few soldiers fought face-to-face. Most of the carnage was inflicted by rifle-fire and artillery. And combat hardly ever occurred at night. But the kind of anxiety and grief you see in the video was real enough. An army surgeon from Illinois wrote, ‘There is no God in war. It is merciless, cruel, vindictive, unchristian, savage, relentless. It is all that devils could wish for.’”
(by Mark Chiusano with Allen Guelzo. Gettysburg: The Last Invasion, goes on sale tomorrow.) 

The song “Some Nights,” by indie pop band Fun, was a Top 40 hit and one of Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Songs of 2012.  The music video, depicting a fictional battle from the Civil War and angsty lovers on both sides, recently caught the attention of historian Allen Guelzo, author of the forthcoming Gettysburg.  He thought the video was a “hoot,” and offered some context for the events on screen:

Overall tone and emotional saliency:

“For men who went through combat in the Civil War, life afterwards seemed stale. Many sought life-risking adventures to meet the craving that the war had created. Many of the ideals the war was fought for disappeared along with the battle smoke. Those who survived needed to find something new, something stimulating, or else lapse into depression, rage or madness.”

Historical accuracy:

“In actual combat, few soldiers fought face-to-face. Most of the carnage was inflicted by rifle-fire and artillery. And combat hardly ever occurred at night. But the kind of anxiety and grief you see in the video was real enough. An army surgeon from Illinois wrote, ‘There is no God in war. It is merciless, cruel, vindictive, unchristian, savage, relentless. It is all that devils could wish for.’”

(by Mark Chiusano with Allen Guelzo. Gettysburg: The Last Invasion, goes on sale tomorrow.) 

nprfreshair:

Good morning! What if famous records were not records but books? These Record Books by graphic designer Christophe Gowans imagine that world and it’s weird but also fun.
(I’m pretty sure I had a book that looked exactly like the one above as a kid.-Nell)
HT Dangerous Minds

I swear it up and down that the NPR Fresh Air tumblr is the flat out best media-associated tumblr out there. 

nprfreshair:

Good morning! What if famous records were not records but books? These Record Books by graphic designer Christophe Gowans imagine that world and it’s weird but also fun.

(I’m pretty sure I had a book that looked exactly like the one above as a kid.-Nell)

HT Dangerous Minds

I swear it up and down that the NPR Fresh Air tumblr is the flat out best media-associated tumblr out there. 

Michael Lindsay-Hogg, author of Luck and Circumstance and director of some of the earliest music videos like The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” and “Angie” by The Rolling Stones, has put together a rockin’ Spotify playlist for us!

Michael Lindsay-Hogg, author of Luck and Circumstance and director of some of the earliest music videos like The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” and “Angie” by The Rolling Stones, has put together a rockin’ Spotify playlist for us!

Michael Lindsay-Hogg, author of Luck and Circumstance, talks about the first time he met The Beatles; directing The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus; and the relationship between his mother, Geraldine Fitzgerald, and Orson Welles.

You can also watch Michael’s tips on writing as part of our Writers on Writing series.

Knopf and Doubleday Now on Spotify

Spotify users can now follow Knopf and Doubleday and listen to carefully curated music mixes to accompany your favorite books!

From Spotify’s website: Think of Spotify as your new music collection. Your library. Only this time your collection is vast: over 15 million tracks and counting. Spotify comes in all shapes and size, available for your PC, Mac, home audio system and cell phone. Wherever you go, your music follows you. And because the music plays live, there’s no need to wait for downloads and no big dent in your hard drive.

Click here to see our full list of offerings, including playlists picked by Erin Morgenstern, Colson Whitehead, Jennifer Egan, and Ricky Riccardi, and a selections of songs and artists mentioned in Haruki Murakami’s upcoming 1Q84.