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Square Astronaut, Round Hole || BookishInktober2020

#BookishInktober2020 prompt 15: OUTPOST

Have you ever taken an effort to actually listen to a song mentioned in a book that you read? Do you end up liking such songs?

Space Oddity is one such song that I heard because of a book and ended up loving it way too much. Astronaut Chris Hadfield in his memoir, ‘An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth’ talks about recording this song on the International Space Station (ISS), which is his modified rendition of the classic Space Oddity by David Bowie. If you ever ask for non-fiction recs, you’re sure to hear about this book from me. Although it’s a perfect book to read for people from any profession or field of study, it’s a must-read for astronomy enthusiasts!

While I was thinking about this prompt, my mind raced through some other ideas at first. At one point, I thought about drawing something related to Robinson Crusoe; but then this book popped into my mind out of nowhere, and what’s more outpost-ly than an astronaut floating far, far away from the Earth?

If you’re interested, do listen to ‘Space Sessions: Songs From a Tin Can’, an album of songs that Chris Hadfield had recorded on the International Space Station.

Space Oddity, a rendition by Chris Hadfield
Space Sessions: Songs From a Tin Can

— Suri