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September 10, 2006

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The Ottawa Citizen lists a "cheat-sheet" of fall book releases.


The Chicago Tribune profiles local t-shirt vendors, Threadless.

"What [Threadless is] doing is just sort of building the wearable equivalent of the pop song," King says. "They throw it up and see what climbs up the Top 40. I've run across a couple of other companies trying to do the same thing, but the work's just not as good. For some reason they just get prettier stuff. Their community has just sort of trained themselves that that's their standard."


The Independent reviews The Complete Polysyllabic Spree by author Nick Hornby.


The Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette review Haruki Murakami's collection of short stories, Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman.


The Independent profiles the record label and shop, Rough Trade.

Don Letts, film-maker: "If music is a religion, then Rough Trade the shop is my church, and I go there for my weekly sonic sermons. If it wasn't for Rough Trade and their whole attitude, I might still be stuck with a 1970s and early 1980s soundtrack. They've kept me up with the times, not with the stuff that's played on the radio but with music that operates below the radar."


The Arizona Daily Star reviews the DVD release of The Wizard.

Start with the cast. Beau Bridges is, pardon the pun, game in a thankless role as the father character, a clueless dolt who comes to love video games as he continues the hunt for his lost boys. A young Christian Slater hones his laid-back Jack Nicholson imitation act as the boys' older brother. And Jenny Lewis, now the lead singer of the rock band Rilo Kiley, is the epitome of early adolescent daydreams as Haley, a resourceful girl Corey and Jimmy hook up with at a bus station.


Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart talks to Australia's The Age about the band's new album, The Air Force.

"I would expect it to be a little more popular than La Foret, because it is more pop oriented," he says. "But I don't think it's a better record than La Foret. I just think it's more pop oriented."


In the Observer, author Martin Amis writes an exclusive essay titled, "The Age of Horrorism" (part 2, part 3).

It is by now not too difficult to trace what went wrong, psychologically, with the Iraq War. The fatal turn, the fatal forfeiture of legitimacy, came not with the mistaken but also cynical emphasis on Saddam's weapons of mass destruction: the intelligence agencies of every country on earth, Iraq included, believed that he had them. The fatal turn was the American President's all too palpable submission to the intoxicant of power. His walk, his voice, his idiom, right up to his mortifying appearance in the flight suit on the aircraft-carrier, USS Abraham Lincoln ('Mission Accomplished') - every dash and comma in his body language betrayed the unscrupulous confidence of the power surge.


The San Francisco Chronicle interviews Hasidic rapper Matisyahu.

Q: On paper, only like 15 people should be into what you're doing.

A: I hear what you're saying. But for me, from the time I started doing it, I would perform in the street or at the menorah lighting at Union Square or something, and there was always a huge reaction from people.


The New York Times buys term papers online, and shares some of the results.

A small sample, perhaps, but one sufficient, upon perusal, to suggest that papers written to order are just like the ones students write for themselves, only more so — they’re poorly organized, awkwardly phrased, thin on substance, but masterly in the ancient arts of padding and stating and restating the obvious.


Pitchfork's Ryan Schreiber talks to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

"The mainstream is shrinking," he said. "People have more freedom than ever to watch or listen exclusively to what interests them personally, yet major labels are still shocked when their artists can't sell 5 million records."


The Observer profiles New Yorker editor David Remnick.


The Observer warns that the "iPod is losing its cool."

Tomi Ahonen, a technology brand expert and author, said: 'For the first time the iPod has had two consecutive falls after 17 quarters of growth. If I were the manager, I would be wanting my people to explain what is going on. The iPod is wilting away before our eyes.'


The Times Online asks seven authors (Christina Lamb, Nora Ephron, Julie Myerson, Rod Little, Susan Greenfield, Ariel Leve, and A A Gill) what women really want.


The Headband List lists bands with "head" in their name.


rbally has a Yeah Yeah Yeahs show from the band's Australian tour this summer available as an mp3 download.


The Guardian lists ten albums "you must hear this Autumn."


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