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May 17, 2006


Author Michael Chabon talked at the Stanford Writing center about his influences.

Prompted by Peterson’s questions, Chabon continued to talk about how pre-conceived notions of genres had affected his career as a writer. He cited Raymond Carver, the famous mystery writer, as an early influence. He also cited the comic book lore that became intensely tied to “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay,” in which the main character, Sam Clay, aspires to great literary fame but works as a comic book writer.

Stylus inaugurated a new teenpop column, Sugar Shock, with a review of the year in the genre so far.

In the Book Standard, Jessa Crispin chimes in on the independent vs. chain bookstore debate.

The Onion A.V. Club interviews Ghostface Killah, and lists 12 notable moments in Wu-Tang history.

Also in the A.V. Club, Ryan Murray goes decade by decade with the Archie comics.

Singer-songwriter Mason Jennings performs three songs in the Minnesota Public Radio studio.

LAist lists the week's top five new CD releases.

Status Ain't Hood calls Frank Portman's King Dork, "the best punk rock book ever."'s staff lists four of the year's best albums so far.

Kathryn Yu chose the Mountain Goats' cover of the Trembling Blue Stars' "Sometimes I Still Feel the Bruise" as NPR's song of the day.


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