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The Evolution of Shadows

In today’s Book Notes at Largehearted Boy, author Jason Quinn Malott discusses his new book, The Evolution of Shadows, and the role the Afghan Whigs played in its creation.

From the author:

The Evolution of Shadows began in 2000 as a two-part short story called “Curse Softly To Me” that I wrote while obsessively listening to The Afghan Whigs song “My Curse” and trying to shed a crush I had on a Korean American girl named Callie.

Afghan Whigs songs in the Author’s Playlist:

“Brother Woodrow/Closing Prayer,” The Afghan Whigs

This became the theme song once the story expanded and incorporated the Bosnia storyline. Instrumentals are great writing songs for me because I can slip into the right mood and the images that play out in my mind aren’t cluttered by the images evoked by a singer’s lyrics.

“Debonair,” The Afghan Whigs

There is something about Greg Dulli’s music and lyrics that has me thinking we filter the world through similar lenses of desire and guilt. I’m working on a complete Greg Dulli music library.

“Tonight I go to hell for what I’ve done to you
This ain’t about regret It’s when I tell the truth”

“My Curse,” The Afghan Whigs

“Hurt me, baby, I flinch so when you do.”

The song that started it all. Marcy Mays’ voice owns this song. I’ve heard other versions the Whigs performed lived with other women, but none better than this original (and if you can find the live version at the Reading Festival, it’ll knock you down like a prize fighter’s best punch).

“All ugly thoughts are gone, I’m sure we’ll all be friends. I’ll try to break your back, you’ll try to make amends. Curse softly to me, baby, and smother me in your love. Temptation comes not from hell, but from above.”

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One Response to “The Evolution of Shadows”
  1. JQMalott says:

    Thank you for the mention. Very appreciated.

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