“When you’re seventeen you can drive around at midnight listening to anything and your life will change.”
So says Daniel Handler in his essay in Heavy Rotation: Twenty Writers on the Albums That Changed Their Lives. Definitely true for me, as long as you replace driving around with taking the subway, and you replace the Eurythmics (which is what Daniel Handler was listening to) with something some people might consider a little less cool, like Better Than Ezra and the Indigo Girls.
What album changed your life at 17? (Or whenever.) Let us know in the comments, and I’ll pick one person randomly to win a free copy of Heavy Rotation! And while you’re at it, check out Heavy Rotation in The Onion, the Village Voice, and the New York Times Paper Cuts blog.