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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 6:50 pm 

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Stories are Everything: A PJ Harvey-Inspired Reading List
by Frank Matt

I listened to PJ Harvey’s 2011 album Let England Shake obsessively while researching people who were sickened or died as a result of their work building nuclear weapons. The album is both simple folk storytelling, and a timeless work about war in the grand tradition of Goya or Hemingway; like the best writers, she turns discrete stories into a broader lens through which to view the world. The music helped me grapple with what each data point of suffering and sacrifice meant, the contradictions in our national remembrance of the cold war, and the forces still shaping that memory.

I find myself thinking about Let England Shake when I read stories of violence and the bloody foundations of national identity. Here are my favorite examples, track by track, of writing that echoes Harvey’s timeless themes

PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 8:19 pm 
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Thank you! A link at the bottom of that page leads to (eventually) this article (, which manages to dismiss PJH as an honorary male:

"It speaks volumes that men always seem to love PJ Harvey, she of the deep timbre"

Not the subject you introduced, but still of interest.

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