- Ezra’s To Do List
You would totally buy a novel written by Vampire Weekend kid Ezra Koenig, don’t deny it. With his upper middle class upbringing and Upper West Side education, it might end up a “cross between Kipling, P.G. Wodehouse and Salinger,” according to neighborhood lit-culture blog Vol. 1 Brooklyn, which would be awkward but also pretty awesome. He was just named among their top 10 musicians who would probably write good books, among the likes of Jeff Mangum, Kanye, Will Sheff (Okkervil River), Milo Aukerman (The Descendents) and Ted Leo, whose baby bro already beat him to the punch.
It seems strange that they bypassed Craig Finn, as his knack for serial narratives with character arcs and an obvious eye for detail lends itself nicely to a novel. And Gil Scott-Heron, “before the crack got to him,” as L editor Mark Asch put it. What about Jeff Tweedy? He’s a published poet. I’m going to throw Patrick Stickles in there too, as well as Jens Lekman. At the very least, he’d write a pretty decent memoir of his 20s.