By Arthur Phillips
Julian Donahue is in love along with his iPod.Each track that shuffles via “that maximum of all human innovations” triggers a reminiscence. There are songs for the women from while he was once unmarried; there’s the only for the day he met his wife-to-be, and one other for the day his son used to be born. but if his relations falls aside, even song loses its carry on him, and he has nothing.Until one snowy evening in Brooklyn, while his life’s soundtrack–and existence itself–starts to play back. He stumbles right into a bar and sees Cait O’Dwyer, a flame-haired Irish rock singer, appearing along with her band, and an odd and not likely love affair is ignited.Over the following few months, Julian and Cait’s ardour for track and every different is performed out, although they by no means meet. In cryptic emails, textual content messages, cell-phone video clips, and lyrics published on Cait’s web site, they locate anything of their strange friendship that they can not locate at any place else. Cait’s megastar is at the upward thrust, and Julian lightly publications her alongside her route to fame–but continuously from a distance–and she responds to the only voice who knows her, greater than a fan yet nonetheless under a lover.As their emotions develop extra feverish, preserving a secure distance turns into most unlikely. What follows is a love tale and a uniquely heartbreaking darkish comedy approximately obsession and loss.Called “one of the simplest writers in the USA” by way of The Washington put up, the bestselling writer of Prague supplies his best paintings but within the tune Is You. it's a heavily saw story of affection within the electronic age that blurs the road among the eager for intimacy and the eager for oblivion.
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Men liked her, but women—in audiences, at the record label—saw how Cait looked at him and understood the underlying balance, and they found Ian more attractive as a result of her attention, as if she brought the best of him out to where everyone could see it. He pictured her when he slept with some of those girls after gigs. He suspected she knew that. Offstage, she fixed him in place with compliments and ironic bossiness, and he tended not to look at her at all when they spoke. He was the only one in the band she called by name, implying a permanence to his position that was professionally reassuring but personally debilitating.
He didn’t know any bands anymore: 12 Angry Mental Patients, the Youthful Mouthful, the Hungarian Veterinarians, Dystotheque, Lisping Picts, Spermicidal Tendencies, Imaginary Wife, the Long Purples, Home School Class Slut, the Deranged Curates, Girl Urologist, Weepy Fag. He paid his toiletry debt with a drink at the end of the bar farthest from the stage. He examined the home-burned demo CDs for sale in a yellow cardboard wine box: Cait O’Dwyer, Your Very Own Blithering Idiot. He intended to leave after the beer, anticipated taking a sentimental walk with his iPod.
He offered her a beer, they exchanged war stories, tested for shared acquaintances, and then she said, “Well, let’s give it a go,” not very hopefully. And up until that moment, Ian often recalled, anything was still possible. He imagined subsequently that when she said, “Well, let’s give it a go,” he said nothing, simply grabbed her, any part of her he could reach and hold on to, took her on the floor, ran his hands over and under her oversized sweater, seized the back of her head and pushed her face into his, fell to his knees, pressed his cheek against her crotch.
The Song Is You by Arthur Phillips