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February 26, 2007

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New York Magazine reviews notable recently published non-fiction.


The Hold Steady's Craig Finn talks to Ireland's Event Guide about the success of the band.

It was Finn who said two years ago, “We’re definitely doing well with the people who listen to 100 records a year. We haven’t crossed over to the people who listen to four”. Has that changed now, given the success of ‘Boys And Girls In America’? “There’s definitely been an upswing. On this side of the Atlantic, the album’s been popping up on loads of recommended lists, which is great. It’s like a groundswell, and that’s what every band dreams of. That sort of success is real. It’s not like your record company just spent five million to have your face on every bus, on every billboard. People are liking the record, and they’re telling other people.”


The Daily Californian eulogizes The O.C.

As the poster child of the indie rock crowd, or at least those who shopped at the mall to buy their vintage cardigans, Seth remained a figure of romantic neurosis and pop-culture comforts. To say he was a groundbreaking character would be, well, stupid—but Seth’s of-the-moment depiction of worried, pop culture-obsessed males was nothing less than spot on.


New York magazine goes behind the scenes of the Arcade Fire's recent New York shows.


In his blog, author Neal Pollack rebuts the recent New York Times column on "alterna-parents."


This week, Five Chapters features excepts from Allison McGhee's novel, Falling Boy.


The DePaulia interviews singer-songwriter Ben Kweller.

TD: You’ve been in the music business for over 10 years, how do you see the business differently than you did when you entered it?

BK: It has changed completely, 100 percent. I feel really bad for so many people in the business. I feel bad for the record companies especially because they don’t know what to do. We’re dealing with computers and technology so quickly. More than ever, it’s important for a band to be as self-sufficient as possible and not rely on backing from a record company. Now it’s so important to build a fan base organically and be able to tour.


Air's Nicolas Godin talks to Billboard about licensing the band's music.

"We take each request one by one," Godin adds. "We look at the creative and commercial aspects. But there are some songs we have written, songs that come from such a personal place, that we would never license them."


The Philadelphia Inquirer reviews several of Kurt Vonnegut's audiobooks, and finds the author still "relevant and resonant."

There's something undeniably eerie about listening to Kurt Vonnegut's 1973 novel Breakfast of Champions - he says it's a 50th birthday present to himself - and realizing it's just as relevant today as then.


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