Ikechúkwú Onyewuenyi, one of the curators at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, has compiled a 478-track, 32-hour-long Spotify playlist based on James Baldwin’s vinyl record collection. From Hyperallergic:
“The playlist is a balm of sorts when one is writing,” Onyewuenyi told Hyperallergic. “Baldwin referred to his office as a ‘torture chamber.’ We’ve all encountered those moments of writers’ block, where the process of putting pen to paper feels like bloodletting. That process of torture for Baldwin was negotiated with these records.”
This goes up there with another favorite of ours: the music Haruki Murakami listens to while he writes.