Jennifer Spiegel’s Playlist for Her Novel "And So We Die, Having First Slept"

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And So We Die, Having First Slept

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Book Notes playlists have been many things, but this is the first anniversary present.

Jennifer Spiegel’s novel And So We Die, Having First Slept is a smart and dark portrait of a marriage.

Tim Horvath wrote of the book:

“Jennifer Spiegel’s much-anticipated second novel teems with intelligence and candor, assuredly. But oh, more than that, even, it’s that voice–it darts, it vamps, it dives, and most of all it scrutinizes, squarely, head-on, witty and withering. In this multitudinous soliloquy of a book, we get the relentless quest of a self-determined to narrate itself into being and becoming”

In her own words, here is Jennifer Spiegel’s Book Notes music playlist for her novel And So We Die, Having First Slept:

Well, it’s a little epic. Don’t painters say things like, “I think in color”? Um, I think in old songs? This is a novel about marriage and Sappho and brain damage and drugs. Rather than explain things, I’ll just let the music do the talking . . .

“No Light, No Light” by Florence + The Machine

Part One:
“Day By Day” from Godspell
“Jane Says” by Jane’s Addiction
“Ohio” by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
“My First Lover” by Gillian Welch
“God” by Tori Amos
“Fire and Rain” by James Taylor
“Late Night, Maudlin Street” by Morrissey

Part Two:
“Cold As Ice” by Foreigner
“White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane
“Coming ‘Round To Get You” by Farewell Milwaukee
“House of the Rising Sun” by Bob Dylan
“Go It Alone” by Beck
“The Waitress” by Tori Amos

Part Three:
“Love is Blindness” by Jack White
“Edge of Seventeen” by Stevie Nicks
“Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen
“Moment of Surrender” by U2
“It’s Raining Men” by the Weather Girls
“Rhiannon” by Fleetwood Mac
“It’s Easy When You Smile” by Lori McKenna
“Danny’s Song” by Loggins and Messina
“Physical” by Olivia Newton John
“Sister Golden Hair” by America
“Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
“When Doves Cry” by Prince
“Atlantic City” by Bruce Springsteen

Part Four:
“U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer
“We Float” by PJ Harvey
“Chain of Fools” by Aretha Franklin
“Wasting My Time” by Default
“Saint John” by Cold War Kids
“It’s Been Awhile” by Staind
“Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” by Cage The Elephant
“False Hearted Lover Blues” by Levon Helm
“You Never Get What You Want” by Patty Griffin
“Long Time Running” by the Tragically Hip
“My Man’s Gone Now” by Nina Simone
“Chainsmoking” by Jacob Banks
“Broadripple is Burning” by Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s
“C’mon Billy” by PJ Harvey
“Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn” by The White Stripes
“Divorce Song” by Liz Phair
“Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” by Led Zeppelin

Part Five:
“Lord O Lord” by The Ferocious Few
“Emmylou” by Vance Joy
“Write It All Down For You” by Elliott Brood
“The Special Two” by Missy Higgins
“Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon
“Coffee Stained” by Kate Peterson
“Angel’s Wings” by Social Distortion
“Wolves” by Down Like Silver
“Wayfaring Stranger” by David Eugene Edwards
“Rivers and Roads” by The Head and The Heart
“Light of the World” from Godspell
“Praying Arm Lane” by 16 Horsepower
Love Song” by Melissa Ferrick

Jennifer Spiegel and And So We Die, Having First Slept links:

the author’s website
the author’s blog

Largehearted Boy Book Notes playlist by the author for Dead Inside
Largehearted Boy Book Notes playlist by the author for The Freak Chronicles
Largehearted Boy Book Notes playlist by the author for Love Slave

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