Long Players is a passionate, heartfelt story about the many ways we fall in love: with books, bands and records, friends and lovers, and the families we make. We invite you to come out for a conversation with author Peter Coviello and the novelist and scholar Sophie Gee.
Have you ever fallen in love—exalting, wracking, hilarious love—with a song? Long Players is a book about that everyday kind of besottedness—and, also, about those other, more entangling sorts of love that songs can propel us into. We follow Peter Coviello through his happy marriage, his blindsiding divorce, and his fumbling post marital forays into sex and romance.
Above all we travel with him as he calibrates, mix by mix and song by song, his place in the lives of two little girls, his suddenly ex-stepdaughters. In his grief, he considers what keeps us alive (sex, talk, dancing) and the limitless grace of pop songs.
Peter Coviello is Professor of English, specializing in American literature and queer studies. He is the author of Intimacy in America: Dreams of Affiliation in Antebellum Literature and Tomorrow’s Parties: Sex and the Untimely in Nineteenth-Century America. Sophie Gee is Professor of English at Princeton University and the author of Making Waste: Leftovers and the 18th Century Imagination. Her debut novel, The Scandal of the Season, was named one of the Best Books of 2007 by the Washington Post and the Economist and has been published in 13 countries.