“TWICE UPON A TIME: LISTENING TO NEW YORK” BY HARI KUNZRU
“A visionary e-book exploring the medium’s multimedia possibilities.” Kirkus (starred review)
” ‘Twice Upon a Time’ is … a kind of three-dimensional tone poem of city life.” David Ulin, Los Angeles Times
” ‘Twice Upon a Time’ is actually perhaps the first e-book I can think of that is meant for the iPhone.” ragingbiblioholism.com
When the internationally acclaimed author Hari Kunzru first moved to New York he chose as his imaginary guide the blind composer and musician Moondog, a.k.a. Louis Hardin. Dressed as a Viking, Moondog played his “snaketime” rhythms on the streets of New York for over three decades starting in 1943. With great lyrical intensity Kunzru recalls the strange soundscape of an unfamiliar place, and celebrates both the city and the musical genius of Moondog.
“The next day I take an MP3 player and I make the journey again, accompanied by Moondog’s early music, recordings from the forties and fifties . . . Sounds leak in and out the iPod’s ear buds, layering modern 6th Avenue onto city noise of sixty years ago. Archaeology.”
“Twice Upon A Time: Listening to New York” is a unique, multilayered digital experience combining a beautiful prose essay on the sounds of New York with the extraordinary music of Moondog and binaural recordings of the city itself. “Twice Upon a Time” gives readers the opportunity to experience New York through the eyes and ears of Hari Kunzru, one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists, and author of “My Revolutions” and “Gods Without Men”.
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