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Thursday, November 02, 2006

"This is Chuck Klosterman you are making a mix for, not some random person you want to make out with"

I laughed and laughed at this recent piece from What Would Jesus Blog, which walks you through the process of how one would go about making a mix tape for pop culture essayist/music lover Chuck Klosterman, should you ever find yourself needing to do so.

Since I could literally, literally sit for hours and talk about perfect song placement, the tour de force closing track and that achingly perfect little ballad to slide in the middle of any given mix, I loved this "conversation." I've even used some of these little suggestions he has without even knowing that it was divinely approved (like a Back To The Future soundclip for the opening track on a driving mix. Come on! It's just too perfect).

For example, under the section about choosing Track 4 ("Hit Chuck Klosterman with a not too cheesy novelty song") --

"Your best bet here would be to foreign language cover of a song that he already knows. For example, ''We’re Not Going To Take It' is not a smart move, but 'Nosotros No Lo Tomaremos' would be genius."

I just kind of cackled out loud again cutting and pasting that.

Incidentally, it gets even better in the comments when LargeHearted Boy linked to the actual mix tapes that Chuck Klosterman made for him and his readers:

Mix Tape One
(to go with his book Killing Yourself To Live: 85% Of A True Story)

Mix Tape Two
(to go with his book Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade Of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas)

It's a soundtrack to your reading-time, and I love it. Every author worth his salt should do this. It would make me read a lot more than I already do, that's for sure and certain.

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At November 02, 2006 7:15 PM, Blogger largehearted boy said...

I agree, Heather, that's why I started the "book notes" series. Some of the authors' mixtapes really add to the enjoyment of their books.

At November 03, 2006 2:36 AM, Blogger Dance Hall Hips said...

Can i just say, Klosterman changed my life, without a doubt. oh, by the by. I read this on BlogAds: "To participate in Blogads, you need to be sponsored by a blogger in the network." Does that mean someone like you who already does it?

At November 03, 2006 10:21 AM, Blogger superclea said...

And heather, my old blog, yer little sister, asked a bunch of young adult authors to soundtrack their latest books. I've moved the results from authors like Tara Altebrando (http://superclea.blogspot.com/2006/06/guest-list-pursuit-of-happiness-while.html) , Rachel Cohn (http://superclea.blogspot.com/2006/06/rachel-cohn-spins-tracks-from-her.html) and Jodi Lynn Anderson (http://superclea.blogspot.com/2006/06/if-i-had-my-way-id-read-peaches.html) like over to superclea.com. There are more, but you have to dig for them.

And yes that was a plug for me in your comments... sorry. But apropos, no?


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