January 23, 2008

Nick Hornby and Josh Rouse at Union Square Barnes & Noble in NYC

Other than an exceptionally peppy emcee here who seems almost like a Saturday Night Live character, this is a very cool video segment showing author Nick Hornby (Songbook, High Fidelity, Fever Pitch) discussing and reading from his new book Slam, along with musician Josh Rouse performing some tunes off his new album Country Mouse, City House.

This was for the laudable Barnes & Noble “Upstairs At The Square” series in Manhattan which pairs authors and filmmakers with musicians (other artists have included Craig Finn, Rosie Thomas, Badly Drawn Boy, Sondre Lerche, Duncan Sheik, and Jesse Malin).

The connection between these two guests, as Ms. Pep says in the intro, is that “Nick Hornby is a writer who wants you to read his words like music. Josh Rouse is a musician who wants you to view his songs like chapters out of the book of your life.” An enjoyable glance at these two artists that I enjoy.


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  • That woman is awful! I couldn’t get beyond her, I’m afraid. She’s the kind of American that most British people like me don’t particularly warm to. Shame because I quite like Hornby and Rouse.

    Simon — January 24, 2008 @ 5:08 am

  • I was there! It was really nice and low-key. But yes, the woman interviewing was quite annoying (and very phone).

    Rachel — January 24, 2008 @ 12:05 pm

  • whoops…i meant the nada surf record….

    ortholomeux. — January 25, 2008 @ 9:44 am

  • i love the cover of that record…it speaks volumes.

    ortholomeux. — January 25, 2008 @ 9:44 am

  • Didn’t Lewis Shiner have a novel about skateboarders called Slam?

    Jazgar — January 25, 2008 @ 5:11 pm

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"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
—Nick Hornby, Songbook
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