Posts tagged books
…this tumblr is dedicated to the inspirations for and the creation of my first book of nonfiction. i remain inspired by my first two books—More Like Wrestling (Crown, 2003), and Bliss (Crown, 2005). To celebrate the tenth anniversary of MLW, I’ll be posting some stuff here, and at my other tumblrs, here, and here. But I’m truly excited about posting lots of the novel itself, 140 characters (or less) at a time, here.
“ The things I saw sent a chill right through me. Somebody had been spray-painting the walls, painting big glaring eyes and strange faces. They were evil eyes, staring at you like a threat. And there was a big framed photo of Nippy, Bobby and Krissi—but someone had cut Nippy’s head right out of it.”
Based in part on…hours of previously unreleased…and deathbed interviews with Mary Wells, this account delves deeply into her rapid rise and long fall…
…I was struck by the modernity that jazz anticipated and directed, and by its unreasonable optimism. Whatever the truth or consequences of individual entanglements and the racial landscape, the music insisted that the past might haunt us, but it would not entrap us. It demanded a future…
from her “foreword” of the novel “Jazz”
by Toni Morrison
“ I loved growing up in the 1980s because the music was so diverse…There wasn’t any prejudice. Everyone had their own music and styles. Artists didn’t have to be the same, like with artists today striving to be the next Beyoncé or Usher. You had George Michael, Chaka Khan, Peter Gabriel, Madonna, and Prince. It was an awesome time to see these different musical styles. It was legendary.”