Judging a Writer by Their Book Notes

Posted by Jason Diamond

The Largehearted Boy Book Notes series is one of the great wonders of the internet that actually has caused me to buy a couple of books I wouldn’t have otherwise bought.  When a writer I was unfamiliar with exercises good taste, I notice, and that was the case with Brian DeLeeuw’s choices.

On is selection of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians/minimalism:

I came at Minimalism via contemporary electronic music, which shares some of its DNA: the interlocking loops, the cyclical addition and subtraction of rhythmic lines, the steady pulse underpinning it all. This Steve Reich piece and Terry Riley’s “In C” were the works I was thinking of most when I wrote that section, and they’re both hypnotic, inspiring works of art, music you can truly get lost in.