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May 14, 2004


What do Nobel Prize winning novelist Saul Bellow, actress Alfre Woodard and New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick have in common? Both will receive honorary degrees at this spring's Boston University commencement.

Atlanta's Creative Loafing compares and contrasts Sloan and Destroyer.'s Turnpike offers archived Quicktime interviews with Enon, New Pornographers, Spoon, The Shins, Yo La Tengo and others.

"The funny thing is, the writers who best understood the lessons of magical realism were not Latin Americans. They were writers like Toni Morrison or Salman Rushdie. But for us, the influence was too close. It became like a parody or a formula, a recipe that for us wasn't authentic." Newsday interviews University of Alabama alum Edmundo Paz Soldan about his book, "The Matter of Desire."

"I see the topic of censorship as just like this nexus of social, cultural, legalistic perhaps moral issues all rolled into one. It's an exciting topic to me." Peter Blecha, author of "Taboo Tunes: A History of Banned Bands & Censored Songs," talks to the Pioneer Press.

QUESTION: Youíre what, 53?
ANSWER: Yeah. Yes I am.
QUESTION: Thatís not old.
ANSWER: No itís not old, but it is old when youíve been in a van for six hours with a bunch of other guys. Itís very old.

Graham Parker is interviewed by Palm Springs' The Desert Sun.

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