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Introducing Literary Jukebox: Daily Book Quote Matched with a Song

An experiment in cross-pollinating the arts.

As a lover of both literature and music, I frequently find myself immersed in a passage, with a conceptually related song beginning to play in my mind’s ear. I recently started making such matches more consciously and was quickly drawn into a highly addictive exercise in creative intersections and associations. So I decided to make a little side project out of it. Enter Literary Jukebox, a minimalist site where I match a passage from a favorite book with a thematically related song each day. Sometimes, the connections will be fairly obvious. Other times, they might be more esoteric and require some reflection. Whatever the case, I hope you enjoy — I certainly am.

Many thanks to the talented Josh Boston for designing the identity and to Debbie Millman for in part inspiring the project.

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2016: At age four, this labor of love was murdered by the corporate dictatorship at Yahoo-owned Tumblr and America’s idiotic, anachronistic, context-blind DMCA policies. Travesties like this illustrate how abysmally misaligned today’s copyright law is with the project of cultural stewardship, which should be its purpose, but is instead often its victim.

Published August 9, 2012




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