What do Jonathan Ames, Dave Eggers, Neil Gaiman, and Margaret Atwood have in common?

Last month I mentioned that Soft Skull Press is putting out a new cd from Brooklyn’s One Ring Zero that will feature lyrics written by Jonathan Ames, Margaret Atwood, Paul Auster, Clay McLeod Chapman, Dave Eggers, Amy Fusselman, Neil Gaiman, Myla Goldberg, Ben Greenman, Daniel Handler, A.M. Homes, Denis Johnson, Lawrence Krauser, Jonathan Lethem, Rick Moody, Aaron Naparstek, and Darin Strauss.

Sample lyrics from a handful of the authors appear in the current issue of New York magazine:

“If I were a volcano I would want you to jump, jump into my yellow, jump into my hot yellow.” —Dave Eggers

“Kiss me, you brat / Don’t make me ask / Stars in the night sky don’t ask to shine, do they?” — Rick Moody

“I’ve got to get out of Cincinnati or else I’ll go plum, dumb, and batty.” — Paul Auster

“You find us in the bathroom / You find us in the sink / You find us in the toilet, having ourselves a drink.” — Jonathan Lethem

“When I was a little boy, I was very troubled / I had a bad back and an elevated testicle.” — Jonathan Ames

“I’m nine feet tall and my skin is gray / All the girls scream when I come out to play.” — Margaret Atwood

Of his participation in the project, Neil Gaiman reportedly said:

“I liked the kind of lineup he [Hearst] was putting together. It was sufficiently odd enough to be interesting. It’ll be a great Trivial Pursuit question someday: ‘What does Margaret Atwood have in common with, say, Daniel Handler?’ It was something like a sort of cabaret version of They Might Be Giants. It’s literate. Genuinely funny. And it’s odd. It feels like being in a very cool author anthology.”


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