Lit Riffs: Writers ""Cover"" Songs They Love

Julianna Baggott, Author, Jonathan Lethem, Author, Tom Perrotta, Author MTV Books $25.99 (436p) ISBN 978-0-7434-7026-1
Writers pay homage to rockers in Lit Riffs, a collection of 24 stories inspired by songs. Edited by Matthew Miele, the book features a familiar list of hip young literary lights offering good-but perhaps not their best-work. Jonathan Letham, inspired by Daniel Johnston's ""Speeding Motorcycle,"" offers a mannered consideration of love and adultery; Elissa Schappell tells of a writer's loving (and exploitative) feelings toward an old flame, after John Cale's ""Dying on the Vine""; and Heidi Julavitz, riffing on Cat Power's cover of ""I Found a Reason"" by the Velvet Underground, serves up a story with characters inspired by Chan Marshall and Lou Reed. A CD from Manhattan Records will be released simultaneously.
Reviewed on: 07/31/2006
Release date: 08/01/2006
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