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April 8, 2006

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Andy Milonakis talks to the Los Angeles Times about how the internet helped launch his comic career.

"I'd think of a topic and just rant on it and transfer it to the computer, upload it. It's such a quick thing. You post it on your website and after an hour, 10 people write comments…. It's instant gratification to do something creative and then instantly get feedback on it. There was no waiting, so it became a little addictive thing."


The Los Angeles Times examines the value of an English degree.


Greg Stepanich lists classical music blogs for his Palm Beach Post blog.


James Shaw of Metric speaks to the Winnipeg Sun about the Canadian music scene.

"What's great is that not only is everyone really good, everyone is also really different," he says. "A scene usually means a bunch of bands that sound the same, but that's not the case with Canada. It's not Seattle or London. We're talking about a whole country, literally one of the largest countries on Earth."


Playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa talks to the New York Times about his other career as a comic book author.

"One of the best things that happened for me as a playwright is becoming a comic-book writer," said Mr. Aguirre-Sacasa, who was a devoted comic-book collector growing up in Nicaragua and Washington, and who likes his characters to have a theatrical bent. (In one issue, the Human Torch snags tickets to "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.") "When you tell people you're a playwright, their eyes sort of glaze over," he said. "But when you say you write the 'Fantastic Four' or 'Spider-Man,' they perk up. It's a touchstone that has gained more credibility as artistic expression."


Episide #29 of the Bat Segundo Show features author Jay McInerney.


The Winnipeg Folk Fest lineup has been announced.


In Harp, Shooter Jennings explains how Nine Inch Nails changed his life.


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