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Old School

Old School

by Tobias Wolff

There is a need in us for exactly what literature can give, which is a sense of who we are… a sense of the workings of what we used to call the soul.


Tobias Wolff. Photo by Jennifer Hale.

"Heartbreak Hotel" and "Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley © 1956 SONY BMG Music Entertainment. Currently available on The Essential Elvis Presley. Tracks used courtesy of SONY BMG Music Entertainment.

"Heartbreak Hotel" written by Mae Axton [33.33%], Tommy Durden [33.33%], and Elvis Presley [33.34%]. Administered by Sony/ATV Tree Publishing 100% (BMI), U.S. and Canada.

"Hound Dog" written by Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, used by permission of Universal Music Publishing Group (BMI).

"Pick-up Sticks" and "Blue Rondo a la Turk," each by Dave Brubeck, are published by Derry Music Company throughout the world. "Take Five," by Paul Desmond, is published by Desmond Music Company in the United States and by Derry Music Company in the rest of the world. All recorded performances are by The Dave Brubeck Quartet and are taken from their 1959 album Time Out. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

Excerpt from "Rumble," written by Milton Grant and Link Wray, published by Andval Music [50%] and Vernon Wray Music [50%] (BMI), performed by Link Wray from the album Law of the Jungle: The 64 Swan Demos (2005), used courtesy of Forevermore Music and Records, Inc., by arrangement with Nola Leone/Ace Music Services LLC.

Excerpts from "Briony," "Cee, You and Tea," and "With My Own Eyes," composed and produced by Dario Marianelli, from the soundtrack to Atonement (2007), used by permission of Universal Music Group and Universal Studios, © Universal Pictures Music.

Written and produced by Dan Stone at the National Endowment for the Arts, 2008.

Excerpts from OLD SCHOOL by Tobias Wolff, copyright © 2003 by Tobias Wolff. Used by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.

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