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Media Monday: The End of the World and Agnes Obel

Savage DawnThe books: Savage Dawn by Inge Moore and Anyone? by Angela Scott

The music: Agnes Obel

AnyoneImagine you’re off on a weekend camping trip, or maybe just asleep in your bed. Without any warning, there’s a natural disaster. You seek shelter – a secluded cave in the forest, the bomb shelter in your backyard – and wait for the disaster to end. Except it doesn’t end; it just keeps getting worse. You wait for someone to come rescue you, but months pass and you’re still alone. What do you do? How do you survive?

Such is the dilemma in today’s books. In Savage Dawn, a small group of families and strangers band together to try to survive after a series of volcanoes end civilization. In Anyone?, teenage Tess must try to find her dad and brother, aided by a guy who may not be what he seems, after meteors wipe out most of humanity. Both are post-apocalyptic stories that push their characters to the limits.

Agnes Obel‘s music reminds me of Rasputina, but more haunting.  Close your eyes while listening to “The Curse,” and imagine yourself standing on an empty street, strewn with ashes and litter and lined with empty, dilapidated buildings, not a soul around for hundreds of miles.

What’s your plan for surviving the apocalypse?

Media Monday: Weird British kids and Fabrice Mauss

submarine cover

The movie may be better than the book.

The books: Submarine by Joe Dunthorne and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon

The music: Fabrice Mauss

Submarine is the story of Oliver Tate, a Welsh teenager who just wants to bully kids to fit in and sleep with the girl who fell into being his girlfriend and save his parents’ marriage. His quirkiness is what makes him sympathetic (although movie Oliver is more endearing than book Oliver), and you can’t help but enjoy his own personal logic. A fun, if somewhat rambling, read.

The kid in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, Christopher, is also quirky and British. And he too is trying to puzzle out his parents’ marriage. But Christopher is quirky because he’s on the spectrum. Haddon does a brilliant job of portraying the MC’s thoughts and logic, even when there isn’t any, and you can’t help but root for Christopher and where his logic takes him.

I know nothing about Fabrice Mauss‘s quirkiness. And he’s French, not British. I found him a few years ago while clicking on related videos on YouTube. But his sound and lyrics fit with the weird British kids.

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