Thursday, November 5, 2009

Chuck Klosterman writes to Tori Amos

Also Steely Dan, The Replacements, and the Magnolia soundtrack. (Apparently he only listened to that last one while writing Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs.) Klosterman's top ten writing-conducive albums are on Flavorwire today, and the list offers some unique insight into his writing process and his tastes in general.

I can't say I'm shocked that Amos's album Little Earthquakes made the list (the track "Winter" makes Klosterman "want to pet a cat," which seems writerly enough), but some of the louder albums make you rethink what sorts of sound stimulate creative thought. The quieter and more ambient selections -- Aimee Mann and My Bloody Valentine in particular -- seem totally writing-conducive. Black Sabbath ... not so much. Different strokes, I guess. I'll be sticking to my Erik Satie and CFCF until something better comes along.