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September 16, 2005


Author Bret Easton Ellis reads Information Leafblower every day (and is not very fond of Ben Stiller).

Cultgoespop has an interesting experience playing BEE's website collective short-story writing game. (thx for the tip)

BEE is interviewed by the Washington Square News.

Well, "Lunar Park's" chances of getting adapted are pretty good. Who would you like to play you in the film?

I'd give it Jake Gyllenhaal - no, I'm kidding. They've offered it to all the actors my age. They offered it to Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp. And everyone turned it down. The only person who didn't was Benicio del Toro, who actually began running around the studios saying, "I wanna star in this."

Universal Jazz plans to give a copy of Jamie Cullum's new album to every "head girl" in private schools across Great Britain.

Beat Generations Book Collectors has collected images of covers from around the world of Jack Kerouac's On the Road.

Coolfer published an excellent anonymous piece critical of Pitchfork yesterday.

The only problem with our little underground empowerment party is that our new gatekeeper — whose symbol is ironically that of the devil — fits the role like American Apparel hot shorts on a scantily clad undergrad.

Radar Online lists the eerie similarities between actor Elijah Wood and author Jonathan Safran Foer.

Bookslut's Jessa Crispin offers some tips for technophobic authors in the Book Standard.

My favorite:

1. Hire a web designer.
Jeanette Winterson, who has a very nicely designed website, put it best when she said, "It helps if the site doesn’t look like a scroll-down information sheet for a VD clinic." The only thing worse than no web presence is an ugly web presence. Your nephew showed you how to use Frontpage one time? Well, hire your nephew. Don’t do it yourself. And if you have an animated .gif of a waving flag, no one will ever visit your site ever again.

The Village Voice profiles several Brooklyn bands, including the Black Dice, Double Leopards and others.

Antony Hegarty gives the Guardian his first interview since winning the Mercury prize.

For his part, Hegarty professes shock at how widely his music appeals. "I was surprised that people feel open to it. I wonder what it means. It must be something reflective of people's consciousness." He chuckles. "Which might be a good thing."

Chris Stamey talks to the Chicago Sun-Times about the dB's reunion.

"The dB's are interested in making new music together. We are playing a few shows of both old and new this year, but our focus is on a new record," he said.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's Alec Ounsworth is interviewed by Bostonist.

Pitchfork's endorsement has propelled your popularity in the past few months; how's CYHSY handling the buzz?
People forget that we were doing pretty well before Pitchfork. I'm still trying to wrap my head around it. I've been saying its like being bitten by a shark in shark-infested waters. We're focused on touring and playing music right now. I hear things, usually in this context, but I'm not caught up in it. I haven't been using the internet and I turned off my cell phone a while ago, so that helps.

Have you checked out Stereogum? They're huge fans.

No, Stereogum. Its a music blog and they love you guys.
Oh, no. No internet.

Norwegian Eardrums is an mp3 blog focusing on Norwegian music.

Stacy Schiff offers 50th birthday wishes to Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita in the New York Times.

Print your own iPod nano.

The New Paltz Oracle lists the sweet summer albums that changed their lives.


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