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April 29, 2006


Lee Martin's The Bright Forever was not ony a Pulitzer finalist for fiction (alongside E.L. Doctorow's The March and the Pulitzer winner, March, by Geraldine Brooks), but also the only Pulitzer nominee to submit a "book notes" essay for Largehearted Boy. The essay, retitled "Liner Notes," appears in the paperback release of the book, published earlier this month.

Harp lists ten things you didn't know about Morningwood.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch interviews author Anne Tyler.

Q: Did you undertake a lot of research to home in on the feelings and reactions of emigrants settling down in a new country?

A: It was personal observation, rather than reading, that influenced "Digging to America." My husband, for instance, used to talk about a stage soon after his arrival here when he felt he was beginning to lose his Farsi but he wasn't quite fluent yet in English. He said it was like having no language at all, and it was terrifying.

Walter Salles, who is directing the film version of Jack Keroac's On the Road, visits Lowell, Massachussetts, and is filming his preparations for the film for a documentary to be released next year.

"We are looking for the importance of the book in the '50s and how it is still manifested today," says Salles. "To understand what made it so important to every single generation since the '50s."

The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were announced yesterday, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez won the top fiction prize Friday for his novel, Memoirs of My Melancholy Whores.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reviews the new Drive-By Truckers album, A Blessing and a Curse.

The Truckers' response is an album free of concepts, geographical or otherwise. Looser, less self-conscious and more in the moment, "A Blessing and a Curse" draws on the band's collective strengths: emotion, insight and a painful honesty that has always made the Truckers seem so trustworthy.

The Anchorage Press profiles producer and DJ Chris Vodka.

Vodka's songs are featured on music blogs around the globe. Matthew Perpetua, a 26-year-old from Queens, New York, posted “Hey Girl” on his blog April 13. “The song just knocked me out right away,” Perpetua said via email. A blogger from Maine writes, “This is the second Curtis Vodka remix I've posted in a month... Check out his MySpace page before he's played out.”

The Washington Post profiles Pitchfork and its effect on indie acts, both positive and negative.

Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol talks to the Guardian.

"We are very proud of what we've done," says Gary. "Before we went into the studio we were genuinely worried that it might be hard. But the second we started writing the songs just came pouring out. The real work for me was the words, but the music, that was, well not easy, but natural."

The Notre Dame and Saint Mary's College Observer lists the "best albums of the semester."

I Like Music interviews Imogen Heap.

ilm: Loads of people are using the Internet these days and getting their music out there before even getting a record deal. You have some pretty amazing figures in this area. How has the Internet affected you and your music?

Imogen: Massively! Speak for yourself has sold 120,000 in the US in 4 months. I think so much of this has come from people hearing about the album for so long (I wrote a daily studio blog!) and from talking about it on the Internet (about songs from the OC to Six Feet Under). It’s made it possible for me to achieve so much with very little money. The Internet is a wonderful thing! I can hardly wait to see what will be possible in the next 5 years alone.

Machine Gum is a "series of comics and experiments in funny pictures by cartoonist and illustrator John Martz."

June 6th, 2006 (6/6/06) has been declared National Day of Slayer. From the website:

6.6.06 isn't a date that comes around very often (once per century, to be exact), and while plenty of stupid horror movies and terrible albums will be released for the hype value of the day that bears "the number of the beast", we here at NDoS decided that this would be a perfect day for Hessians across the country to come together and engage in something upon which we can all agree - listening to Slayer! Also, do you really want those evangelical Neo-Cons to have all the fun with their "National Day of Prayer"?


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