Spotify Mixtape: Seth Greenland x Largehearted Boy
February 12, 2015
Book Notes - Seth Greenland "I Regret Everything"
In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.
Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Kevin Brockmeier, George Pelecanos, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.
Seth Greenland's I Regret Everything is an engaging modern love story that touches on NYC's literary life.
Booklist wrote of the book:
"Greenland hits all the right notes…His playful, well-crafted writing captures personality or atmosphere in a few phrases, and the characters' self-assessments reveal the rich inner lives driving their actions. Their love comes from the mind as much as the heart, in a poignant story of dreams and the way they can crash into the reality of the dreamers."
Stream a playlist of these songs at Spotify.
I Regret Everything is, as the subtitle spells out, a love story, so the mayhem that occurs is mostly emotional in nature. The lovers are Spaulding Simonson, an aspiring young writer who has recently spent time in a mental hospital, and Jeremy Best, a trusts and estates attorney and former poet who has lost his literary mojo. He works for Spaulding's father's law firm and when she shows up at his office in search of a literary mentor, he wants nothing to do with her. The story explores attraction, bad choices, regret and iambic pentameter.