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July 15, 2006

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The Globe and Mail examines the "rejuvenile" demographic.

"It's hard to imagine adults in previous eras so unashamedly indulging their inner children. But these are not the adults of 20 years ago," he writes. "They constitute a new breed of adult identified by a determination to remain playful, energetic and flexible in the face of adult responsibilities."

It's all part of a growing cluster of lifestyle phenomena that have inspired such labels as "Twixter" and "adultescent." At its most benign, it's the Lexus-driving strait-laced executive who keeps a stash of baseball cards. At its creepy extreme: Michael Jackson or plush-toy fetishists known as "Furbies."


I'm pondering picking up a digital SLR, what are your recommendations?


IGN previews next week's Comic-Con convention in San Diego.


The Washington Post reminded me that my favorite graphic memoir, David B.'s Epileptic, is now available in paperback.

Epileptic (Pantheon, $17.95), by the French graphic novelist David B., tells the harrowing tale of the author's attempts to cope with his brother's epilepsy. Readers of "the energetic, melancholy and candid graphic novel . . . can appreciate anew," writes reviewer Chris Lehmann, "how an insistently self-devouring art like David B.'s can serve as a provisional bulwark against our most awful sorts of suffering and isolation."


Ryspace has Okkervil River's July 13th show available for download.


CNET profiles Pump Audio, "an online service that specializes in cataloging music by independent musicians and marketing it to producers."


Billboard interviews New York Doll David Johansen.

Q: You've influenced bands from the Sex Pistols to the Smiths to the Donnas. Are rock bands today getting rock done right?

A: A lot of these bands all sound the same. They're singing about the same kind of nonsense with a lot of negative energy and hatred, a lot of songs about stabbing your friend in the eye with a ballpoint pen. With this record, we kept our original philosophy and wanted things to be and feel more positive than that.


500 more Beatles tapes have turned up.

One Beatles follower has an especially personal interest. Hunter Davies, the band’s authorised biographer, said: “In 1968 Paul McCartney came to my house and he used to play the guitar on the lavatory. He found out my real first name was Eddie and wrote a song about that. Later someone sent me a bootlegged version from the sessions. It’s two verses, sort of mocking me. Now I’m hoping to hear the original.”


Gabrel Garcia Marquez's brother takes the Guardian on a tour of the author's home town.


NPR will be interviewing the Drive-By Truckers today before their show is broadcast live tonight.


Amazon has the untitled Thomas Pynchon novel available for preorder.


Pretty Girls Make Graves singer Andrea Zollo talks to Drowned in Sound about the band's most recent album, Elan Vital.

“We knew, when we were doing this record, that we had no idea what people were going to think about it,” says Zollo. “We knew it was going to alienate some of our old fans, but we did that with our second record, too. I, personally, never want to just repeat a record, although sometimes that’s a double-edged sword: we threw away a lot of songs because they sounded too much like older material."


Fabulist lists its top ten albums of the year (so far).


This week's edition of the Bat Segundo Show features an interview with legendary author John Updike on the literary podcast.


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