songsin52: A’s & ulysses

Ice-Ice Baby-Vanilla Ice-Atonement
The Embrace-Michael Nyman-Atonement
The Heart Asks Pleasure First-Michael Nyman-Atonement
The Promise-Michael Nyman-Atonement

Homecoming-Kanye West-The Adventures of Augie March
The Very Thought of You-Billie Holiday-The Adventures of Augie March
The Wings of  a Dove-Blues Busters-The Adventures of Augie March
Wherever I Lay My Hat-Paul Young-The Adventures of Augie March
Born to Be Wild-Damien ‘Jr Gong’ Marley-The Adventures of Augie March
One Crowded Hour-Augie March-The Adventures of Augie March

I’m In HereSia-Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret

WarBob Marley-Animal Farm
Killing in the NameRage Against The Machine– Animal Farm
Babylon System-Bob Marley-Animal Farm

Strange Fruit-Nina Simone-Ulysses
Time To Pretend-MGMT-Ulysses
I Kissed a Girl-Katy Perry-Ulysses
Hand In My Pocket-Alanis Morisette-Ulysses
Ain’t No Fun-Snoop Dogg-Ulysses

There’s Nothing In The Water We Can’t FightCloud Control-fiftytwoin52


I’m really excited about reading Saul Bellow’s The Adventures of Augie March. For one, now I know where the Victorian band gets its name from! Another is, I love The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and this novel sounds like a modern equivalent.

wise guy

I can’t wait so I sneak a few pages on my way back from the city library, family in tow. As I’m reading, I say to Galactus,
-I love the narrator’s voice. He sounds like a real wiseguy.-
From the back seat, The Mix-Master, who’s 6 pipes in,
-You mean like Yoda?-
Galactus and I laugh for a good minute before we explain the difference between a wiseguy and a wise man/Jedi/mystery species little green guy, all the while setting a brilliant tone for this novel.

American authors have a great legacy in the bildungsroman, so let’s get stuck into it!

that song in my head

There is always a song in my head, a spontaneous soundtrack of sorts, shedding light on whatever I do: Snoop Dogg and Alanis Morisette’s lyrics mimic Dedalus and Bloom’s antics; Bob Marley’s Babylon System and RATM’s Killing in the Name were my anthems for Animal Farm; I listen to Michael Nyman’s Piano to get in the mood for Atonement... So why not include ‘that song in my head/on my iPod’ in my posts? It is an integral part of my reading process. Of everything I do.

The next book in line is The Adventures of Augie March. So guess which song is in my head. Come on, sing it with me,

But for One Crowded Hour, you were the only one in the room
And I sailed around all those bumps in the night to your beacon in the gloom
I thought I’d found my golden September in the middle of that purple June
But One Crowded Hour would lead me to my wreck and ruin