Vol. 1 Brooklyn Names 10 Musicians Who Would Probably Write Good Books

08/30/2010 11:14 AM |

Ezras To Do List

  • 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.

3 Comment

  • Gil Scott-Heron already has written books (before the crack got him), and they are good.
    Plus they forgot John Darnielle or was that too obvious?

  • Ah, good call on both accounts. I noticed someone else brought up John Darnielle in the comments section at Vol. 1 too. Including him would have definitely made sense.

  • Darnielle has already written a book too, a 33 1/3 entry on Black Sabbath’s Master of Reality. It’s pretty great, too–the album is explained through the voice of a 15-year-old kid in a mental hospital in the mid-80s.