Maggie Nelson's Bluets has been set to music, along with writing by four other authors: Vladimir Nabokov, Michel Houellebecq, Matt Ruff and Helen DeWitt, by Seattle-based band Ball of Wax. Levi Fuller recorded them for Ball of Wax #25: Songs About Books.

A brief description from the Ball of Wax Bandcamp page:

5 artists were each assigned a different book to read by Paul Constant, books editor at the Stranger in Seattle. We went on to write 5 and record 3 songs inspired by these books. The full 15-song CD (Volume 25 of Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly) will be released at a concert on August 19th at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center.

You can hear a preview of Fuller's "Free Men," in addition to one song from each of the four other authors there.

Nelson also has a new book of criticism out, which we wrote about here.

Originally Published: August 1st, 2011