JANUARY MIX by Leigh Stein editor January 3, 2012 Mixtapes 1 Comment The Littlest Panda Soundtrack My first novel, The Fallback Plan, has a panda subplot. Esther, the protagonist, imagines writing a screenplay adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe starring pandas in the roles of the Pevensie children. This playlist is meant to be listened to during soft snowfall. 1. “Big Stuff,” Billie Holiday During the Blitz, the Pevensie pandas are sent to live with their uncle in the English countryside. Opening credits: closeup on the littlest panda’s face, seen through the car’s backseat window. 2. “Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” Marlene Dietrich The pandas play hide and seek. Their uncle is mysteriously absent. Nothing makes sense. 3. “Tunglið,” Ólafur Arnalds The littlest panda finds a secret portal to Narnia in an armoire. 4. “Young Folks,” Peter Bjorn and John While the littlest panda is finding a secret portal, her brother is making a veggie burger and playing Guitar Hero. 5. “Sea of Love,” Cat Power The littlest panda meets a faun. 6. “Explain It to Me,” Liz Phair The faun tells her that they have to save Hanukkah, and explains the curse of the evil White Witch (“Aryan white, if you know what I mean”). 7. “I Will Survive,” Cake The littlest panda tucks a dagger in her belt. 8. “Better in Manhattan,” Casey Dienel The littlest panda returns home, and none of her brothers or sisters care to hear about her adventure. 9. “Hounds of Love,” Kate Bush The littlest panda returns to the snowy woods to complete her mission. The White Witch offers her a piece of Turkish Delight. 10. “Personal Jesus,” Johnny Cash The panda faces the witch. 11. “A Change Is Gonna Come,” Sam Cooke Violence and daffodils. The Fallback Plan by Leigh Stein *** —Leigh Stein is the author of the novel The Fallback Plan, just released from Melville House. Her full-length poetry collection, Dispatch from the Future, is forthcoming in June. One Response Baby Got Books » Friday Links January 27, 2012 […] Literature’s January Mixtape is for Leigh Stein’s The Fallback Plan. I’m reading it now. It’s […] Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.