Singing a Story

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Certainly some of my favorite songs are the ones that, weeks later, or months later, or sometimes even years later, you get hit by a lyric that you suddenly understand in a way you didn’t.

Writer-musician Ben Arthur and musician Ted Leo talk about composing, reading, and the performing life over at The Believer. Both are taking part in a project to respond, in song, to a short story by Joyce Carol Oates, in the spirit of appreciation and resonance across the arts.


Kirstin Allio is currently a Howard Foundation Fellow at Brown University. Her story collection, Clothed, Female Figure comes out with Dzanc in 2016. Her novel, Garner (Coffee House), was a finalist for the LA Times Book Award for First Fiction. She has received the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” Award, a PEN/O. Henry Prize, and has published many short stories, poems, and essays. More from this author →