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June 15, 2004

Shorties

"People ask if I miss it, but they don't understand that American culture is so ubiquitous that there's nothing to miss. I don't see myself moving back. It's not that I hate the United States. I just always thought it would be a shame not to live in a foreign country. Plus I like being a foreigner. It keeps me on my toes." David Sedaris answers one of Time magazines ten questions.

"Not too long ago I was a 40-something straight screenwriter. Then I awoke one morning to discover that Id become a hot young gay novelist. Although the change was sudden and startling, it was not mysterious." So starts the story of once-closeted heterosexual author Allison Burnett and his novel, Christopher.

"Anxiety has rarely sounded so good. Sprawling, chaotic and loud, A Ghost Is Born, out on June 22, marks the latest departure for a band whose ability to evoke classic idioms of American pop music, from country to punk, is matched only by its determination to defy them." Time reviews Wilco's A Ghost Is Born.

Last Plane To Jakarta takes on The Last Exit by the Junior Boys.

The Chicago Tribune published the first excerpt (of two) from Greg Kot's upcoming book on Wilco (registration required, get it here), Wilco: Learning How To Die. This excerpt covers the Woody Guthrie projects with Billy Bragg.

The Boston Globe lists six "sizzling" summer tracks.

The Palm Beach Post interviews movie producer/musician Michael Stipe.


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