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Fear of Music by Jonathan Lethem
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May 11, 2012

it was amazing

Immersively engrossing, with an elegant and effective format: song-by-song intertextual analysis evenly interspersed with (usually) interrogative macro-thematic chapters (favorites include "Is Fear of Music a Science Fiction Record" and "Is Fear of Music a Paranoid Record?"). In a way, it reads like a compendium of conversations one might have had about the album, while listening to the album, though there's a strong sense of personal, formative encounter (in a broad, protracted sense: with a record, with otherness, with versions of self). It's a book that talks to itself about how the record talks to itself. The book might not be the record, but it's a record of [listening to (and living with)] the record.
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