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Spotify Playlists for Writers: Ann Patchett

In 2001, novelist Ann Patchett published Bel Canto, a gorgeous and suspenseful introduction to the world of opera music. If you have a Spotify account, enjoy this playlist collecting 30 songs mentioned in the novel–two hours of writing music.

Here’s an excerpt from Bel Canto, describing the first song on the playlist: “[He] chose Rusalka as a measure of his respect for [the singer]. It was the centerpiece of her repertoire and would require no extra preparation on her behalf, a piece that surely would have been included in the program had he not requested it … He simply wanted to hear her sing Rusalka while standing close to her in a room. If a human soul should dream of me, may he still remember me on awaking! His translator had written it out for him from the Czech years ago.”

Follow this link to get a Spotify invite for the free service. Once you have an account, check out our Ann Patchett Spotify Playlist and our Henry Miller Spotify Playlist. If you have more ideas for a particular playlist, you can always add your suggestions in the comments section–we will update our mix.

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Ann Patchett Hopes To Open Bookstore in Nashville

Novelist Ann Patchett hopes to open a bookstore in Nashville, Tennessee with Random House sales rep Karen Hayes.

Last year the parent company of Joseph-Beth Booksellers and Davis-Kidd Booksellers filed for bankruptcy, closing (among other stores) the Davis-Kidd Booksellers–leaving Nashville without a bookstore. In the Book Case video embedded above, Patchett discussed the bookstore problem.

Patchett explained in an interview with the Boston Phoenix: “I don’t know if it’s the craziest idea in the world, but I cannot live in a city without a book store. It is so weird to have a book coming out when there are no book stores here. I think we’ve got to get back to a 3000-square-foot store and not 30,000. Amazon is always going to have everything — you can’t compete with that. But there is, I believe, still a place for a store where people read books.” (Via Matt Staggs & Maud Newton)

Writers Slash Their Not-So Favorite Books Into Pieces

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Earlier this month, Wall Street Journal theater critic Terry Teachout espoused the joys of brevity in books in his most recent “Sightings” column on Orion’s plans to publish abridged editions of classic novels. Now the New York Times’ Motoko Rich pushes the idea forward in a not-entirely-serious vein, asking writers like Christopher Buckley, Joyce Carol Oates, Norman Mailer and Jonathan Franzen to pick what books deserve to go under the editing knife. Mailer offered a list that he requested be printed in full and without commentary, while Neal Pollack suggested cutting “80 percent of THE NOTEBOOK by Nicholas Sparks and turn it into the greeting card that it was meant to be.”

Most controversial goes to Ann Patchett with her Orwell slams and most wimpy, easily, to Franzen, who applied the abridging logic only to titles, even if he got off some amusing zingers like “Shortmarch” and “Paler Fire.”

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