Book launch. Jazz. Paul Beatty
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Jazz orchestra

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 Shanghai Lady

Two more days to the book launch! I've finally chosen the passages to read and written some comments to knit this altogether. I hope. Photo loop: check. Playlist: check. Sound check: double check.

Strangely, I don't feel nervous. I'll be among friends, after all. In fact, by the looks of the registration, everyone I know in Holland is coming to the launch. How kind is that? 

In the Mood is one of those jazz tunes that always makes me smile. I listened to this and other jazz music from the 1930's when I was writing the dance scenes in my novel.

Normally, I can't write with music on, especially if there are lyrics. I'm listening for other things: the gong at the City God Temple or the cries of the hot water vendor or a whispered confidence from one character to another. Better then to write in silence. 

Paul Beatty takes a different approach. He was in Amsterdam last month to read from his novel The Sellout. It's a hiphop-skip-jump rolic through the ghettoes of LA so there's plenty of music blasting in the background. So what did Beatty listen to when writing The Sellout? Early James Taylor, he confesses, you know the kind of music that's not really there. 

You can read more about Paul Beatty and my review of his novel in LA Love Song. And as for my taste in music, here's this week's blog post: All That Jazz

After the book launch, I'll be on a DIY book tour through California. Jet lag and the time difference might affect the exact hour this newsletter comes out but not its frequency. Until then, here's the line-up of my latest blog posts.

Politically Correct
Shame Is a Useless Emotion
Old House

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