Road Trippin’ with Margaret Atwood, Or, Why listening to music while reading your favourite novel does not make you a bad person

It has been shown that when you are studying for exams, or in another situation where you really need to learn something, then listening to music is probably a bad idea. Even those of us who did slap on headphones in the school/university library (myself included) will likely agree that cranking your favourite rock band to 11 while trying to engage with the finer points of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity isn’t likely to result in a solid understanding of why mass is equivalent to energy. (It’s something to do with giant mirrors and passengers waiting at train stations, right?)

However, reading for pleasure isn’t the same as reading to learn something, in much the same way that being subjected to an educational video is vastly different to gorging on the latest Marvel movie. And, in the interest of justifying something that I have done since I was a child, I’ve compiled a few reasons why listening to music while reading may not be such a bad thing after all.

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The Raven – Spotify Playlist

As explained in my introductory article on the topic, I’m not averse to listening to a little music while reading. And as I’m also not above enabling you to partake in this diabolical habit with me, I’ll be creating a unique Spotify playlist for each text in the Australian Beasts collection.

See below my playlist for The Raven, or click here to listen to the playlist in Spotify.

As it probably won’t take you too long to read the story I’ve kept the playlist pretty short, and it’s predominantly instrumental so as not to be too obtrusive (with the exception of a Radiohead song, which I couldn’t help adding as it suited the dark, moody feel of the story so well).

I have put these tracks in my preferred order but, as it’s impossible to time the songs to match up with various incidents in the text, you’re obviously free to listen to it in any order you like.

Enjoy!

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