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November 7, 2006


The Hollywood Reporter reports that author Daniel Handler will adapt his novel, Adverbs, for film.

The Contra Costa Times lists must-read sports books.

Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters puts his iPod on shuffle for the Onion A.V. Club.

Cracked has an election day letter from the current US president, complete with edits.

NPR's Morning Edition recommends books about dogs.

No Love For Ned has an encore in-studio performance this week from Get Him Eat Him on the streaming internet radio program.

The Thermals' Hutch Harris talks to CMJ about his music marathon experience.

CMJ: The Body, The Blood, The Machine made a lot of CMJ staffers Best-Of-2006 lists. What's on your best-of list?

Harris: Oh, cool. Of this year? The sort of records I've loved have been the new Built To Spill record, I love that. And the new Sonic Youth record, Rather Ripped, that's probably been my favorite record of the year so far.

The New York Times reviews Dave Eggers new book, What Is the What.

After two mannered books (“You Shall Know Our Velocity” and “How We Are Hungry”) in which cleverness and literary gimmickry seemed to get the upper hand, Mr. Eggers has produced “What Is the What,” a startling act of literary ventriloquism that recounts the harrowing story of a Sudanese refugee named Valentino Achak Deng, while reminding us just how eloquently the author can write about loss and mortality and sorrow.

The BBC has a streaming performance and interview from the Long Blondes.

The New York Times profiles author Jonathan Littell, winner of France's Goncourt prize, and his novel, Les Bienveillantes.

“Les Bienveillantes” is an improbable best seller, not only because it comprises 903 pages of small print, but also because, apart from a long-forgotten science fiction book, “Bad Voltage: A Fantasy in 4/4,” published in the 1980s, this is Mr. Littell’s first attempt at fiction.

My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden talks to Chartattack.

"When I was studying I wondered if I would pursue an operatic career — and I did audition for summer programs and things like that. But if I would have been whole-heartedly studying opera or pursuing that as a career, I would have had to make a lot different choices than what I did make. And I didn't do that, so now it's been more about trying to figure out how to bring the elements I love from classical music into pop music and kind of create a unified theory for myself."

CMJ interviews Matt Barritt and Pete Bauer of the Walkmen.

CMJ: What sort of CMJ experiences have you had before?

Barrick: Hm, did the Walkmen ever play CMJ? I think we did... Well, I know that my old band played at the Continental, and that was like a madhouse. I guess it's a pretty small club though.

Bauer: Yeah, the Walkmen played CMJ! We played at three in the morning at the Bowery Ballroom, and everyone thought it was going to be a terrible idea, and I thought it was a good idea and it turned out great. And I was real boozed up and everybody had a blast. A good time was had by all.

With my birthday a little over a week away, my wife is soliciting birthday present suggestions for me. Stop by her blog and leave a comment if you know what II might like...

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