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April 24, 2006


The Philadelphia Inquirer reviews Bob Pollard's recent Philadelphia performance.

You can make the argument that Pollard with a less festive backing band is a tamer experience than GBV. Fair enough.

Only a fool, though, could listen to the handful of excellent tracks Pollard played from his forthcoming disc, Normal Happiness, and not hear that this more professional approach is agreeing with Pollard creatively.

Popmatters interviews Mike Cooley of the Drive-By Truckers.

Even just the titles of your first few albums -- Gangstabilly, Pizza Deliverance -- give off a trailer park kind of vibe. Did you struggle with that as you went into more serious material with Southern Rock Opera?

I think there were a lot of people that dismissed us as a novelty act because the covers are funny and the titles are a little cheesy. I think some might have seen us as a Southern Culture on the Skids knockoff, somebody trying to jump on their bandwagon. It wasn't a big hurdle to get across.

Blender lists the 50 worst things ever to happen to music.

19 year-old author (and Harvard student) Kaavya Viswanathan has been accused of plagiarism.

Yesterday, however, the Harvard Crimson published strikingly similar passages from the new book and from the 2001 novel Sloppy Firsts, by Megan McCafferty, which is about teenage life in New Jersey.

The Raleigh News & Observer previews the North Carolina Festival of the Book (Jeff at Syntax of Things will be attending and reporting on his site).

Author Neil Gaiman talks to Time Europe about his current list of projects, including writing the screenplay for the film adaptation of Charles Burns' graphic novel, Black Hole.

Isn't that too much to juggle? Gaiman, jet-lagged but engaged, rocks one hand from side to side in answer. "I'm pushing it," he admits. "Right now is the first time I've ever looked around and thought, 'That's not sane.'" Indeed, Gaiman's name has become such a seal of approval that he's just realizing he won't be able to accept all the projects he's offered.

Suicide Girls interviews Hideaki Sena, author of Parasite Eve.

Daniel Robert Epstein: Why did it take so long for the novel, Parasite Eve, to come out in the US?

Hideaki Sena: I was very concerned about the translation quality. It had to be very high. I had asked translators and editors to prepare an English version of it but they turned out not to be so good and finally there was a translation done by Tyran Grill which I approved and that’s why it finally got published.


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