I’m elsewhere today
Posted June 8, 2016on:
I’ve been elsewhere!
I hosted my first roundtable at Semiotic Standard, about books we didn’t finish. The roundtable features Lynn of Lynn’s Books, Lavie Tidhar, Jacob of Red Star Reviews, Teresa Frohock, Mark Lawrence, Charlotte Ashley, and more! Come on over to see these folks and their peers didn’t finish books, and why I might not finish the book I’m reading right now.
I’m also over at Apex Magazine, interviewing the incredible Mary Pletsch. In the interview we talk about the song and music in her short story Folk Hero. but first, a quick aside. Ya’ll know what iambic pentameter is, right? the super simple definition of Iambic pentameter is that it is poetry (or song lyrics) written so that each line has 10 syllables, with every other syllable being stressed. If you get the rhythms just right, it fits perfectly into 4/4 rock and folk music. So, I’m reading Pletsch’s story, and there are song lyrics embedded in the story. And my brain doesn’t come up with a melody, but it does come up with a rhythm. A rhythm that matches the hauntingly beautiful Age of Aggression, as covered by Malukah. Yes, that is a video game song, and YES, you should listen to it while you are reading Pletsch’s Folk Hero. here, I’ll help:
Folk Hero, by Mary Pletsch
Age of Aggression cover, by Malukah
I read that story, and I hear her sandstone voice singing that song, and it’s beautiful and fitting, and perfect.
oh, you liked that Malukah song? this one is better.
so, that should keep you out of trouble for a few days. I’ve got a review of Lavie Tidhar’s Central Station publishing in a few days, so stay tuned (btw, it was AWESOME)