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News Wed Jul 22 2009

The Hemon Soundtrack

Aleksandar Hemon talks to the New York Times about music and how it's inextricably linked to his writing. He provides a 10-piece soundtrack to his work, revealing that although he did listen to a lot of Beatles music while writing Nowhere Man, he actually didn't listen to the eponymous song. Says Hemon:

I cannot live or write without music. It stimulates the normally dormant parts of my brain that come in handy when constructing fiction. A particular piece of music attaches itself to the piece I'm writing and there is nothing else I can listen to. Every day I return to the same space to write, the music providing both the walls and the pictures on the walls. Once I'm done and the piece is published, I often have a hard time remembering what piece of music is inscribed (or, indeed, transcribed) in it, as there are no visible, let alone obvious, connections, apart from an occasional embedded line. I think that is because the music and writing become indistinguishable to the aforementioned dormant parts, which constitute the majority of my brain mass. So the playlist that would provide a soundtrack for my work would have to be insanely long.

 
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Julie @ Publish Chicago / July 24, 2009 4:11 PM

Wow, I feel the same way about the way music works with my own writing. Thanks for sharing this!

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