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33 1/3

Continuum Books has been publishing an intriguing series, 33 1/3, "short books about critically acclaimed and much-loved albums of the past 40 years." 32 titles have already been published, including London Calling, The Velvet Underground and Nico, Let It Be (both the Beatles and the Replacements!) and Murmur.

If you have a book you've always been meaning to write about a cherished album, editor David Barker may be interested. Just email him by October 31st and he'll add you to his mailing list; then, in early November he'll send out guidelines on how to pitch your book proposal. (Details here.) Publication for this (possibly final) round of titles will be in 2007.

I'm already on the list, so for the next few weeks I'll be trying to conjure up the skeletal basics of a novel based on Morphine's The Night. The album's much more obscure than the heavyweights currently on 33 1/3's list, but I think it has pretty strong literary potential. Hopefully David will agree.

October 28, 2005 in Books, Fiction | Permalink