Mixtape, Matt Bell: A Lack of Words as a Better Way to Write

Matt Bell is the author of How They Were Found, a collection of fiction from Keyhole Press. His fiction has appeared recently in Conjunctions, Unsaid, and Ninth Letter, and has been anthologized in Best American Mystery Stories 2010 and Best American Fantasy 2. He is also the editor of The Collagist and can be found online at www.mdbell.com. His piece, “In More Practical Terms, a Sense of Crisis Is Good Business” appears in Artifice 3.

My “In More Practical Terms, a Sense of Crisis is Good for Business” has several thousand words, but I didn’t write any of them. Here are eight pretty awesome songs without any words at all, which is probably an even better way to write.

“Leo Needs a New Pair of Shoes” by Ben Frost

“A.C.R.O.N.Y.M.” by Teeth of the Sea

“2 Forms of Anger” by Brian Eno

“Light from the Mesa” by Barn Owl

“Distant Street Lights” by Codes in the Clouds

“Black Sea” by Fennesz

“The Only Moment We Were Alone” by Explosions in the Sky

“Goodnight” by Stars of the Lid

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