Literary Jukebox: Cleverly Matching Books to Music


Have you ever been reading The Letters of Virginia Woolf, shuffling through your iPod unable to find the right music for your writing? Everyone knows that feel. Well now there’s a pleasant little site that can help you out.

Literary Jukebox is the new site from Brain Pickings editor Maria Popova. It’s a single functionality site that pairs a quote to a song, marrying great literature to great music. Every micro-literary match is made with to a song with a purpose, Popova says, “Sometimes, the connections will be fairly obvious. Other times, they might be more esoteric and require some reflection.

The site started just a few days ago, but already Literary Jukebox has a couple pairings for your perusal, including a quote from Carl Sagan in Cosmos to Laetitia Sadier’s “Find Me the Pulse of the Universe.” Today’s track is “Eyeoneye” by Andrew Bird paired with a Susan Sontag quote.

Check out the site here, and hopefully it leads to the discovery of some pleasant new literary or musical discoveries.


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