Book Playlist

Book Playlist: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

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With this acclaimed work and its immortal query, “Who is John Galt?”, Ayn Rand found the perfect artistic form to express her vision of existence. Atlas Shrugged made Rand not only one of the most popular novelists of the century, but one of its most influential thinkers.

Atlas Shrugged is the astounding story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world–and did. Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged stretches the boundaries further than any book you have ever read. It is a mystery, not about the murder of a man’s body, but about the murder–and rebirth–of man’s spirit.

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Kids These Days – KONGOS

  • “Who is John Galt?”

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Book Playlist: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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“Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

From the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.

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War (Part 1) – Raury

  • “Is it possible to out-think yourself?”

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Book Playlist: The Revenant by Michael Punke

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The year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Trapping beaver, they contend daily with the threat of Indian tribes turned warlike over the white men’s encroachment on their land, and other prairie foes—like the unforgiving landscape and its creatures. Hugh Glass is among the Company’s finest men, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive.

The Company’s captain dispatches two of his men to stay behind and tend to Glass before he dies, and to give him the respect of a proper burial. When the two men abandon him instead, taking his only means of protecting himself—including his precious gun and hatchet— with them, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge.

With shocking grit and determination, Glass sets out crawling inch by inch across more than three thousand miles of uncharted American frontier, negotiating predators both human and not, the threat of starvation, and the agony of his horrific wounds. In Michael Punke’s hauntingly spare and gripping prose, The Revenant is a remarkable tale of obsession, the human will stretched to its limits, and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution.

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Book Playlist: Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov

Lolita When it was published in 1955, Lolita immediately became a cause célèbre because of the freedom and sophistication with which it handled the unusual erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Vladimir Nabokov’s wise, ironic, elegant masterpiece owes its stature as one of the twentieth century’s novels of record not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author’s use of that material to tell a love story almost shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

Awe and exhilaration–along with heartbreak and mordant wit–abound in this account of the aging Humbert Humbert’s obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Lolita is also the story of a hypercivilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postwar America, but most of all, it is a meditation on love–love as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation

 

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Intro – UNKLE

From Eden – Hozier

My Type – Saint Motel

Moon – Little People

Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) – Florence + The Machine

Paper Girl – July Talk

Lolita – Lana Del Rey

Line of Fire – Sucre

Guts – Alex Winston

Playlist: Lanark: A Life in Four Books by Alasdair Gray

I know. It’s been forever since I’ve done one of these. That’s on me, but this is one of my favorite books and this playlist has been buzzing around my mind since I read it back in 2015.

Set in the disintegrating cities of Unthank and Glasgow, this modern vision of hell and humanity tells the interwoven stories of two men: Lanark and Duncan Thaw. As the Life in Four Books unfolds, the strange, buried relationship between Lanark and Thaw slowly starts to emerge.

Lanark is a towering work of the imagination and is the culmination of twenty-five years of work by Gray, who also illustrated and designed the novel. On its first publication it was immediately recognised as a major work of literature, and drew comparisons with Dante, Blake, Joyce, Orwell, Kafka, Huxley and Lewis Carroll. Thirty years on, its power, majesty, anger and relevance have only intensified.

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Hypnosis Theme (Phonovisions Symphonic Version) – Wax Tailor

State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.) – Jim James

Summa – Arvo Part

Arépo – Hugues Le Bars (I had trouble finding this on youtube)

Love is Blindness – Jack White

Eros by Ludovico Einaudi

Can’t Pretend – Tom Odell

(Also if Lanark was to be a modern dance…it would be “If At All” by Rami Be’er)

Basically for this playlist I included songs that invoked a paralysis of love and an impeding sense of failure. Additionally, I looked for songs that were slightly futuristic that included themes of controlling institutions and technology.

I know this was a rather short explanation, but more than any of the other playlists these songs just seen fit with Lanark in a way that I can’t entirely describe. Perhaps it is because Lanark is such an intense work that is itself hard to describe completely. It creates in the reader a mind simultaneously comfortable and on edge, as if at any moment what they are reading is going to come out and start talking to them.

Anyway, that’s perhaps not entirely understandable…but read the book, then it will be clearer.

~Hope~

 

 

Playlist | To A God Unknown by John Steinbeck

Ancient pagan beliefs, the great Greek epics, and the Bible all inform this extraordinary novel by Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck, which occupied him for more than five difficult years. While fulfilling his dead father’s dream of creating a prosperous farm in California, Joseph Wayne comes to believe that a magnificent tree on the farm embodies his father’s spirit. His brothers and their families share in Joseph’s prosperity, and the farm flourishes—until one brother, frightened by Joseph’s pagan belief, kills the tree, allowing disease and famine to descend on the farm. Set in familiar Steinbeck country, To a God Unknown is a mystical tale, exploring one man’s attempt to control the forces of nature and, ultimately, to understand the ways of God and the forces of the unconscious within.


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Train – Nick Hans (Jackie & Ryan Soundtrack)steinbeck

Nothing But the Water (I) – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

I’ve Rationed Well – July Talk

Ritual Fire Dance – Manuel de Falla

Lose Your Soul – Dead Man’s Bones

Will There Be Enough Water – The Dead Weather

Bleeding Muddy Water – Mark Lanegan

Worship – Ane Brun

Song Of Time – Abel Korzeniowski


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Playlist | The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman

Quentin Coldwater has lost everything. He has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams that he once ruled. Everything he had fought so hard for, not to mention his closest friends, is sealed away in a land Quentin may never again visit. With nothing left to lose he returns to where his story began, the Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. But he can’t hide from his past, and it’s not long before it comes looking for him. Meanwhile, the magical barriers that keep Fillory safe are failing, and barbarians from the north have invaded. Eliot and Janet, the rulers of Fillory, embark on a final quest to save their beloved world, only to discover a situation far more complex—and far more dire—than anyone had envisioned.

Along with Plum, a brilliant young magician with a dark secret of her own, Quentin sets out on a crooked path through a magical demimonde of gray magic and desperate characters. His new life takes him back to old haunts, like Antarctica and the Neitherlands, and old friends he thought were lost forever. He uncovers buried secrets and hidden evils and ultimately the key to a sorcerous masterwork, a spell that could create a magical utopia. But all roads lead back to Fillory, where Quentin must face his fears and put things right or die trying.

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