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Inspiration Information

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Dec 2, 2009 7:40PM

Image from Library Of Inspiration website

Special to Chicagoist from Lauren Vega

We could tell you a story about an autumn afternoon in 1992, driving our car in the leaf dappled suburbs with a leg stuck in a cast, singing loudly to The Lemonheads' cover of "Mrs. Robinson" when it came on the radio. Forgetting all of our worries because of a song.

That story would fit right in at Library Of Inspiration, a website of short stories and fleeting feelings based on literature, movies and oh, yes - music. These aren't reviews, they're jumping off points and impressions. The writings cover the gamut of fiction, essays, non-fictional lyrical essay and are just short enough to make you want more.

The site is organized in a few different ways and can be a little hard to navigate. If you jump in to look at the most current issue (it's a quarterly, and went live on December 1), you'll need to keep navigating back to the main page to find the newest content. But if you're new to the site like I was, it is best to just dive in and browse by subject (literature, movies, music) or by decade. The short bites of good writing are a boon, and a fun diversion between bad news and online shopping. Library of Inspiration is much like micro versions of Continuum's 33 1/3 series (but with music and lit, too), and that is something we'll never complain about.