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May possibly 14, 2019

John Glynn’s Playlist for His Memoir “Out East”

Out East

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John Glynn’s memoir Out East captures the spirit of youth and self-discovery.

The Millions wrote of the book:

“Sun-soaked and brimming with youth, Glynn’s debut memoir chronicles a life-altering summer time spent in a Montauk share property. With honesty, heart, and generosity, the memoir explores friendship, very first appreciate, and identity.”

In his personal words, right here is John Glynn’s Book Notes music playlist for his memoir Out East:

Out East is the story of The Hive, a Montauk summer time property I shared with 31 other persons. I was 27 at the time, and plagued by crippling self-doubt. In between Memorial Day and Labor Day, I fell in appreciate with a guy for the very first time. As I grappled with my identity, my housemates became my loved ones. All of us sought music to crystallize our feelings.

My clickwheel iPod played a vital function in the inventive procedure for Out East. Its playlists kind a card catalog of my life from my early 20s by way of right now, the ideal conduit to memory. When I listened to my playlist from summer time 2013, I was quickly transported back to the Hive, to gutting euphoria of very first appreciate and the intensity of my friendships that summer time. Some of these songs seem in the book at pivotal junctures. All of them come from the original Montauk 2013 playlist on my iPod.

“Jubel” by Klingande

This song feels like magic hour on the beach—the moment when afternoon curls into evening, the crowds thin, and the light shifts. In some cases my housemates and I would linger almost till sunset, a group of ten or fifteen of us on a patchwork of beach towels. “Jubel” reminds me of the communal power that wove by way of our pal group on these ideal summer time evenings.

“ID (Wake Me Up)” by Avicii

Every single transportable beach speaker in Montauk was playing this song in summer time 2013. It was a Hive anthem. We’d dance to it in our kitchen, stomp our feet, sing along. Then we’d cram into our pal Henry’s taxi van and let the evening unfold. When Avicii died we mourned not only for him, but for a easier moment in our lives.

“Do Ya Thang” by Rihanna

The guy I fell in appreciate with in Montauk loved this song. I don’t forget the very first time he played it for me. It feels serene and youthful, and I image it painted in hues of pink and purple. The lyrics describe an expansive sort of coupledom, a recognition of a partner’s correct nature. It reminds me of the starry nights the two of us spent with each other on the roof of the Hive, passing an AUX cord back and forth, speaking to every other by way of music.

“Hurricane” by MSMR

Our preferred song from summer time 2013 was the CHVRCHES remix of this song. The original featured right here is morose and dramatic, but the remix is effervescent and sun-blasted. It contorts discomfort into euphoria. With each other the two versions capture the pendulum impact of life in our property, and the two competing narratives of very first appreciate.

“Second Summer season (RAC Remix)” by Yacht

By the time I joined The Hive, it was currently a totally established ecosystem, a property with guidelines and rituals and a language I discovered by way of osmosis. Numerous of the housemates that summer time have been returning members. It was their second summer time, and this song captured the layered nature of their knowledge.

“22” by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift pulls off the most vital trick of memoir—she taps into the universal by way of the precise. This was the song that was playing when we very first pulled up to The Hive on the Thursday ahead of Memorial Day Weekend.

“Pompeii” by Bastille

As I grappled with my sexuality, my most significant worry was that my emerging identity would irrevocably transform my relationships with buddies and loved ones. The lyrics of this song spoke to me: “if you close your eyes, does it just about really feel like absolutely nothing changed at all.” As I fell in appreciate, I felt like I’d tapped into my most genuine self. But I prayed that, if I came out, absolutely nothing would transform.

“The Mother We Share” by CHVRCHES

Out East is laced with flashbacks to my childhood in western Massachusetts. I grew up surrounded by a loving brood of cousins who have been additional like siblings. My grandmother Kicki was our matriarch. I consider of her, my mom and my aunts, when I hear this song.

“Clarity” by Zedd

This song was a summer time banger, but the lyrics also gets at the paradox of very first love—how occasionally a single particular person can be each the supply of all your emotional anguish but also the only a single who can alleviate it.

“Masquerade” by Nicki Minaj

The chorus of this song was meant to be sung drunk, at two am, about a kitchen island.

John Glynn and Out East hyperlinks:

the author’s site

Booklist assessment
Lambda Literary assessment
The Millions assessment
New York Journal of Books assessment
PopSugar assessment

Newsday interview with the author

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