Mar. 15th, 2019

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One of the Audible recommendations for me this month was a book Stuart loves and talked to me about a lot when he was reading it. I didn't want that for my book this month, but I wasn't sure what I did want.

I saw the recommendation because I was browsing rather than getting something from my wish list as I usually do. I haven't finished all the books I do have yet and the ones on the list are all pretty heavy in one way or another, so I wasn't in the mood for more of that just yet when this month's credit ticked over. But I didn't want anything too frivolous either. I like to pick something where I feel like I benefit from the format: less substantial books are easier for me to get through in print. I wasn't quite sure what would fit my idiosyncratic standards right now.

Thinking of that book I so associate with Stuart, which he wants to lend me once he gets it back from his friend he's already lent it to, made me think of another book he actually has lent me: Bruce Springsteen's autobiography (after we watched Springsteen on Broadway that one time). I'm so excited to read it, but it's a big book and it's hardcover too which is just always more awkward for me... I thought I'd see if Audible had it.

They did. Read by the author, even. I got it.

I can see why Springsteen on Broadway made Stuart think of this: some of the stories are taken from it and the beginning, that "DNA..." bit, is verbatim. And since he's reading it himself, it's just like the Broadway show except without the songs.

But I've been listening to a lot of them on my phone anyway -- to the point that this afternoon when I could hear the flat above us playing "Born in the U.S.A." so loudly I could hear the words from here, and then went into some other song I couldn't place but also sounded like him singing, I had to check my phone to see if it'd spontaneously started playing one of the Spotify playlists I've been mainlining lately. (Spotify wouldn't stop playing once last week, even when I'd not only tried to pause it by two or three of the usual methods but tried closing the app altogether (and yes that was during a Springsteen playlist too, it was on "Prove It All Night"). I was about to go into a meeting so I had to restart my damn phone to get it to stop. So it didn't seem beyond the realm of possibility that my Spotify app is haunted, especially if it's a ghost that wants to listen to more of The Boss.)

He's a good writer: the book is immersing me. Usually I listen to books on my commutes and stuff but here I'm so captivated I'm not always paying enough attention to the bus stops. This morning I woke up too early and laid in the dark for a couple of hours with his voice in my ears, and I felt like he was an old friend by the time I opened the blinds and made myself some tea -- and we're still only up to The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle! (To translate for less-obsessed people, that's his second album, he's still in his early twenties.) There's still so much book to go; I'm worried that by the end I'll want to marry him.


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