Largehearted Boy – Book Notes – “The Face of Any Other”

When you have the face of any other, you see the cracks peeling apart a person’s face, revealing the true identity hidden behind their false social façade. You are able to ascertain the difference between honesty and fabrication. You get to see their guilty pleasures. You get to find out if they actually like Stryper, One Direction, Bring Me the Horizon, Insane Clown Posse, Quiet Riot, or Taylor Swift. You get to see what they listen to when nobody is around. When you have the face of any other, you use this Book Notes opportunity to snitch on a number of characters from your book. This is what they listen to when alone. These are songs that they’d never ever be caught dancing, singing, or crying to, for fear of complete humiliation. For some, they wear their current favorites on their sleeve, hoping that their age hasn’t caught up to them. Yet.

Click here to witness their humiliation.

Largehearted Boy – Book Notes – “The Fun We’ve Had”

David Gutowski said it best:

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Kevin Brockmeier, George Pelecanos, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Myla Goldberg, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

I’m excited to be a part of the extensive Largehearted Boy contributors list. My contribution, a book notes entry pertaining to my latest title, “The Fun We’ve Had.” 

The theoretical soundtrack populating the empty spaces of the novel, The Fun We’ve Had, that’s what I’m going to attempt to do here. These are the noises, the sounds, the ambience, the epic crescendos, as well as the depressing and anticlimactic lows that will inevitably occur across the endless purgatorial sea in the book. It both accentuates and masks the voice of the titular sea.


Click here for the playlist.