Several critically lauded U.K. authors and screenwriters have contributed to a new anthology of short stories inspired by the titles of pop songs.Too Much Too Young
features the work of 12 writers, including David Nicholls (One Day
), Diana Evans (26a
) and Jesse Armstrong (co-creator of the TV show Peep Show
). Nicholls, for example, has penned a story about a schoolboy crush in A Little Soul
(based on the song by Pulp), Evans drew inspiration from Sam Cooke's Another Saturday Night
and Armstrong contributes a story about a politician's sexual indiscretions titled Life During Wartime
(a Talking Heads song). The writers were asked to compose stories with titles based on any song available to purchase on iTunes. Other writers took inspiration from songs by Massive Attack, Metallica and Flanders and Swann.
The writers are part of a literary nightclub collective in London called Bookslam
. The organizers stage readings by authors alongside live music and poetry performances. Prominent guests have included Zadie Smith, Dave Eggers, Irvine Welsh and Nick Hornby.
Bookslam published a previous anthology featuring short stories by Welsh, Patrick Ness and
Helen Oyeyemi.Hey, music fans. What are some song titles you think could inspire a cool short story? Let us know in the comments section.