4th Estate’s Literary Lovesongs: A Valentine’s Mixtape

• Feb 14, 2015 • Tags: , ,

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at 4th Estate! We’ve made a mixtape of literary lovesongs for you. Aren’t we just adorable?


1. A Good Man Is Hard to Find – Sufjan Stevens

A deceptively pleasant song from the perspective of a serial killer character in Flannery O’Connor’s short story collection of the same name.

2. Now My Heart Is Full – Morrissey

Miserable Mancunian references the gangsters from Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock.

3. Two Dancers – Wild Beasts

Satyr-like Leeds quartet erotically invoke Henry Miller’s Sexus.

4. Charlotte Sometimes – The Cure

Goths steal time-travel-themed children’s book’s title to appellate a haunting love song.

5. Venus In Furs – The Velvet Underground

Lou Reed intones doomily over druggy drones, sonically rendering naughty novel from Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, father of masochism.

6. Funny Little Frog – Belle & Sebastian

Okay, so this song doesn’t reference a book, but the band’s name does…

7. Wuthering Heights – Kate Bush

Elementally talented teenager writes and performs best novel-named song ever without reading novel in question.

8. Lolita – Lana del Rey

Pop star croons song inspired by Nabokov’s controversial masterpiece. Legions of teenybopper fans remain none the wiser.

9. Tender – Blur

Britpop also-rans steal lines from Fitzgerald’s best novel.

10. Sylvia Plath – Ryan Adams

Boyishly handsome alt country star pines for Plathlike muse.

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