Lemonworld is a song by the sad boy band you may either love or hate, The National.
The National is great for a lot of things like drinking in the rain or crying alone. (I’m in the love camp.)
In in interview at The Quietus with frontman and lead vocalist Matt Berninger, he says “A Lemonworld is an invented, sexy, weird place where you can escape from New York. I had some image of it being a big beautiful, maybe semi-decrepit house…where these two sexy sisters who wear bathing suits all the time and drink a lot…”
Personally I don’t know that my own idea of a sexy good time would always involve bathing suits, but this song was written by a hetero cis-man.
I wanted to start reviewing books because I keep a spreadsheet of the books I read. As a voracious reader (and a writer) I wish I was writing more about everything I read; it isn’t always enough to make notes in the margins and re-shelf. Often times I recommend books to people knowing for sure that I loved this or that essay anthology, but, no I can’t remember specifically why, or if there was a theme, or which authors works were even included, because its been six months and in reading time that’s ten years and 100 books ago. I want to take the time to write about what it is I have just read and processed and lived through via books, so I can better remember them, learn from them, share them.
There are so many Book clubs, and while brilliant in their ability to succeed amongst so many individuals with busy schedules and lives, they feel a little out of reach for someone with a food industry work schedule who frequently questions the day of the week.
Hence, Lemonworld, a blog.
“Lay me on the table, put flowers in my mouth/ And we can say that we invented a summer lovin’ torture party.”
Is the song not illustrative of the intersections between consuming and creating art itself? An invitation to get weird and create something all our own? We can pick up a book and enter a desirable new world that’s sexy and weird and maybe is the best thing that ever happened to us, or if we are so inclined, we can write ourselves to that place, too. And then, anything can happen, and that’s sexy, people.
“In some ways it’s very similar to ‘Fake Empire’, where you can’t deal with the reality of what’s really going on, so let’s just pretend that the world’s full of bluebirds and ice skating.” A Lemonworld is your imagination’s attempts at escape!
(Photo/gif: Spongebob saying “imagination” while stretching a rainbow between his palms.)
My hope here is to review both prose and poetry and even the inbetweens, especially work from smaller presses and publishers, and debut authors.
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The Quietus Features Interview: http://thequietus.com/articles/04024-the-national-interview-high-violet-bon-iver-sufjan-stevens
The National: “Lemonworld,” High Violet