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May 31, 2006

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The Miami Poetry Review lists ten directors who know how to make comic book movies.


In the latest news from NME, Dave Grohl is not dead.


Thom Yorke's solo album has leaked.


Low's Alan Sparhawk talks to Australia's X-Press Online.

"If you were to sit down and make a list of all the bands that you know of that have been around for more than 12 to 15 years, the majority of them really suck. The best things they've done were in the first five years," he says, a little worriedly.


Popmatters wonders about the paucity of minority and fringe authors in the new york Times list of the best work of American fiction of the last 25 years.

Intellectuals, particularly intellectuals in the field of literature, are quick to point to their open-mindedness. James Joyce, ee cummings, Ralph Ellison, even Faulkner, all celebrate their success because the Literati was willing to herald their unique qualities, and praise them as "revolutionary." Yet apparently, over the past quarter century none of the gains and evolution of American literature has stuck. While lists like this heap accolades on the stylistics of Updike, the philosophical undertones of DeLillo, and the colloquial, humorous style of Roth (all groundbreaking authors in their own day) they are secretly fearful of what might happen if classicists began to recognize the familiar work of minority writers like Sherman Alexie.


The Port Huron Times-Herald recommends summer reading for children.


Popmatters shares its love for the Talking heads' Remain in Light A-side.

A sense of paranoia emanates from the first few notes of "Born Under Punches", and this tension holds up through the entire first side of the album. Electronic talking drums and the Heads' trademark clean rhythm guitar combine to create a flawlessly danceable beat. With one of most uniquely eerie bass lines in rock history, and David Bryne making strange animal calls and noises before shouting, "Take a look at these hands", this is not pop music for the faint of heart.


Gramophone, the classical music magazine, is looking for bloggers.


Dave Alvin (of the Blasters and the Knitters) lists "music you should hear" for Amazon.


Philadelphia Weekly examines the rise in what they term "ghetto fiction."

"It's easy to make. It's palatable," says Marc Lamont Hill, assistant professor of urban education at Temple University of the ghetto genre. "But it also doesn't interrupt any of our concepts of young black people, so the market loves it. That's the danger of these books-that even though you have young people reading, these books reinforce stereotypical images of young black people."


The Onion A.V. Club presents "The Land of Too Many Dances" mixtape (and omitted Rilo KIley's "The Frug").


The Onion A.V. Club lists "nine acts of film blasphemy."


In Salon, Garrison Keillor calls for a literary memorial to the 9/11 victims.


NPR pays tribute to Sufjan Stevens' Illinois and David Mead's Indiana albums as travel music.


Giant Drag's Annie Hardy talks to the San Francisco Bay Guardian about her songwriting.

"No number of pills will fix my life today," she sings at one point; at others, "I haven't felt so well for so long now" and "From here on out it's only pain." But whereas, say, Kurt Cobain was quite vocal in interviews about his pain, Hardy remains tight-lipped.

"A lot of those songs are about experiencing something down or sad and angry," she explains. "But I really don't like to discuss what they're about."


elbo.ws and The Rich Girls Are Weeping get some love in Philadelphia Weekly.


Venture Brothers creator Christopher McCulloch is interviewed by Suicide Girls.

SG: When you first started The Venture Bros, did you see it as a parody or satire of Jonny Quest?

Christopher McCulloch: A little of both. It’d be pretty limiting to just go “I’m going to make fun of a cartoon that maybe ten guys would remember and maybe two of them liked.” But it seemed like a good jumping off point. Even The Tick wasn’t a parody of anything specific but it brought a whole bunch of things into it. I didn’t really start thinking of it in terms of an ongoing thing until it got to the point where I realized that it could house a lot of other ideas.

I picked up the DVD of the first season of Venture Brothers on sale yesterday, very good stuff.


Chef Jamie Oliver's band, Scarlet Division, offers several mp3 downloads of songs with titles like, "Give It to Me Hot (Lamb Curry."


IGN lists the top ten X-Men villains.


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