Aural Fixations, The Rumpus Mixtape #6: Drinking Red Wine


There are picnics where people discuss how long the potato salad can be out in the heat and there are picnics where people discuss Wittgenstein. At Wittgenstein picnics, the people are drinking red wine.

White wine is a kiss; red wine is sex. You can imagine Simone de Beauvoir with red wine in her Paris apartment. Red wine is paired in your mind with people in love, depressed creatures, women in vintage slips, men who write poetry and couples drinking “three-buck chuck.”

M.F.K. Fisher said, “I can no more think of my own life without thinking of wine and where they grew for me and why I drank them when I did … than I can remember living before I breathed.” Crossing the lowlands of your own memory you may find red wine everywhere and recall disparate memories. The little table in the corner of that restaurant in Brooklyn where you had that first date by which all other first dates are measured. Napa, where you saw the gentle hills all purple for the first time, never knowing there were so many variations of violet to be found in nature. The first time you read Garcia Lorca as an undergrad. The dusty spot in Chile where the wine came in a cloth bag and dripped into warm glasses. The first time you fucked the first person who read you Henry Miller and Anais Nin. The afternoon you skipped class and contemplated whether you were going to get that MFA or a real job — thanks to the wine, the MFA won. We offer this mix as you uncork a bottle, raise a glass, imagine, recall, have sex or maybe go on a Wittgenstein picnic. (C. run time: 42:18; direct link for mobile access:



“Dead Hearts”
The Five Ghosts & The Séance

“Good Arms Vs. Bad Arms”
Frightened Rabbit

The Midnight Organ Fight

“Hesitating Beauty”
Billy Bragg & Wilco
Mermaid Avenue

“I Fall To Pieces”
Patsy Cline
12 Greatest Hits

“I Thought About You”
Frank Sinatra
The Heart Of The Matter

“I Want to Be Left to My Own Devices”
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Unknown Mortal Orchestra

“I’m a Lonely Little Petunia”
Imogen Heap
Six Feet Under: Everything Ends, Vol. 2 (Music from the HBO Original Series)

“It’s Only a Paper Moon”
Nat “King” Cole
The World of Nat King Cole

“The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side”
The Magnetic Fields
69 Love Songs

“Mon Dieu” (1961)
Edith Piaf
Edith Piaf

“The Picture”
Son Volt
The Search (Deluxe Version)

“Sleeps With Butterflies” (iTunes Sessions Version)
Tori Amos
Tori Amos – EP

“Un bel di vedremo”  (Madama Butterfly, Puccini)
Maria Callas
La Voix du Siecle

**Please note that this mix will random generate after the first listen in order to accommodate copyright agreements.**

Anna March’s writing appears regularly in Salon and here at the Rumpus and her work has been widely published including in The New York Times' Modern Love Column, New York Magazine, VQR, Hip Mama and Tin House. Her essay collection, Feminist Killjoy, and novel, The Diary of Suzanne Frank, are both forthcoming and she is at work on two new books. She teaches writing workshops, mentors writers, is active in promoting literary community and is the co-founder of LITFOLKS in LA and DC. She lives in Rehoboth Beach and Los Angeles. Sometimes she has pink hair. Follow her on Twitter @ANNAMARCH or learn more about her at ANNAMARCH.COM. More from this author →