Bookshelf Report: Olivia Claire is the Key Master

The Bookshelf Report is an ongoing series where a Bushwick reader invites us into their home and shares a little bit about the books that occupy their shelves.

Today, we peek in on singer/songwriter Olivia Claire, who makes her Bushwick Book Club Seattle debut at our Ready Player One event at Bumbershoot on September 2. Let’s take a look at her neat and tidy shelves and collection.

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Bushwick Asks: What do you miss about the 1980s?

Ready Player One is filled with 1980s pop culture references. The book is almost a love letter to 1980s video game culture and it’s hard to read without hitting up YouTube to listen to the songs author Ernest Cline mentions in the text and maybe to watch clips of people playing the video games he references. All the 80s nostalgia got me thinking about what I miss the most from the decade I grew up in like New Edition and playing Below the Root on my family’s Commodore 64. Since I was reminiscing, I asked the artists performing at our Bumbershoot Ready Player One show, what do you miss most about the 1980s? What are you nostalgic for?

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Bushwick Asks: What are your Summer Plans?

Now that our season is behind us, we’ve turned our thoughts toward summer and other projects. I’ll be reading a bunch and trying to figure out how to play the banjo. Let’s see what the Bushwick artists will be up to during our off months. Read more

An Interview with Tekla Waterfield: Part II

We’re back with part two of our interview with artist Tekla Waterfield. She is making a new album and has a Kickstarter project in support of it. There are five days left to support her campaign.

On to the interview:

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An Interview with Tekla Waterfield: Part I

Longtime Bushwick performer Tekla Waterfield is making a new album and has launched a Kickstarter in support of it. With just nine days left in the campaign, I talked with Tekla about the project. Here is part one of our interview.

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Bushwick Asks: What’s Your Apocalypse Plan?

Tonight Bushwick artists will take the Annex Theater stage and perform songs inspired by Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven. The book takes place in a post-apocalyptic America. The subject matter started me thinking about what I would do when shit goes down. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that I would not survive to see The Traveling Symphony. I’m not well stocked. There aren’t gallons of water stored in a special survival closet. I don’t have any weapons. I don’t even have cigarettes to use for currency. Do other people know what to do in the face of the end of society as we know it? I checked in with tonight’s artists to find out and asked, “What’s your apocalypse survival plan? How do you plan to start a new life that includes your art after life as we know it ends?” Here is what they have to say.

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10 Quotes from Station 11

We are just three nights away from our next music inspired by books event. Join us for Original Music Inspired by Emily St. John Mandel’s Station 11 at the Annex Theater. To celebrate the show, I chose 10 great quotes from the book. Check them out:

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5 Facts about Station 11 and Emily St. John Mandel

Coming up this week is our next event Music Inspired by Emily St. John Mandel’s Station 11. The book is a fascinating story on what artists do to make a new and meaningful life after the collapse of our society. I am enamored with it and took to the Internet to find out more about the book itself and its author. Let’s take a look:

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Bushwick Asks: What’s Your Favorite Children’s

After reading The Little Prince once again, this time in preparation for tonight’s show I started thinking about how the book’s meaning and importance has changed for me over time. I liked it when I was young and yet it wasn’t until I was an adult that it took a permanent place in my heart. It’s one of my favorite books of all time and is comforting in times of loss, grief or heartache. When I was a kid, I loved the Berenstain Bears, books I now find heavy-handed and preachy. This got me thinking about how children’s books can change meaning to the reader as they age. I asked the Bushwick performers “what was your favorite children’s book when you were a kid and what is your favorite children’s book now? How has your thoughts on your favorite kid’s book changed as you grew up?” Take a look at what they said.

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10 Quotes from The Little Prince

Tonight is the night! Original Music Inspired by The Little Prince is at 6pm at the Fremont Abbey. Before you go take a look at some inspiring quotes from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry classic book.

“All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

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