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April 1, 2007


The Boston Globe lists newly published baseball books.

Bill Lee, literary maverick and professional odd ball, continues in form this year with "Baseball Eccentrics: A Definitive Look at the Most Entertaining, Outrageous and Unforgettable Characters in the Game" (with Jim Prime, Triumph, $22.95). Baseball, he says, attracts eccentrics, though many upon whom he confers this distinction are more notable for their curious utterances, practical jokes, dissipation, flamboyance, and superstition -- or are simply possessed of discernible personality. Ted Williams gets two slots . The book is filled with Lee's port-sided pensées, baseball lore, anecdote, reminiscence, and strong language. "If there are children present," he cautions at one point, "please avert their eyes."

Author Scott Sigler talks to the Toledo Blade about serializing his novel, EarthCore, via podcast.

“Serialized storytelling has worked for 70 years, and it works for a reason,” Sigler said in a phone interview from his San Francisco home. “I would not say we are reinventing the wheel; we are doing something people have done for awhile, and we are just doing it in a different format.”

The Denver Post profiles local cellist Ian Cook.

Cooke's style leans heavily on indie-folk artists Joanna Newsom and Sufjan Stevens, two of his current faves, and avant-pop icon Bjork. Hints of unabashed melody, from the Shins to Abba, also pepper his songs.

"It's pop music, it's just a little different," Ferbrache said. "Instead of some guy with torn blue jeans and hair down to his shoulders strumming an acoustic guitar, he's playing cello."

Ferbrache thinks Cooke has more potential than some local-scene leaders.

"It's very accessible, especially with all these bands coming to the fore like the Fray, the Photo Atlas and Born in the Flood," he said. "He fits right in there, but he has better, more infectious songs."

My Old Kentucky Blog has SXSW interviews online with members of Bishop Allen and the Prototypes.

Harp profiles the Cinematics.

According to Rinning, who resembles a cross between Tom Cruise and Suede’s Brett Anderson, it was this separation from metropolitan life that that incited the creation of their Echo and the Bunnymen-meets-Joy Division sound on new album Strange Education (TVT): “Being so removed from everything was a benefit because we had the freedom to experiment. Not being in a city or close to any particular scene helped us forge our own way.”

The Observer examines the growing interest in literary magazines among the "hip, young metropolitans."

Greg Kurstin and Inara George of the Bird and the Bee talks to the Sunday Times.

They entered into the partnership with a characteristic lack of urgency. “If this goes away we have other things, so there’s not an awful lot of pressure.” George shrugs. “After recording five tracks, we figured we may as well do five more so we had a whole album,” Kurstin says. The sessions sound like a hoot — George can be heard bursting out laughing at the end of F***ing Boyfriend. “There was a playfulness when we recorded it, something kidlike,” she agrees. “Sometimes the first vocals I laid down were the ones which ended up on the record.”

The Telegraph profiles six thriller writers, and interviews author

The National Post predicts the winners of tonight's Juno Canadian music awards.

The New York Times has posted chapter 10 of Michael Chabon's serial novel, Gentlemen of the Road.

Noted graphic designer Chip Kidd talks to the Age.

"I think that, when you get engrossed in a book and it's fairly long and you're really liking it, you develop a sort of special relationship to it and part of that involves the cover," he reflects. "I think during that time you start to look at a cover with more and more intensity to try and get more clues out of it. It's a very organic, intuitive process. It perhaps seems to mean more than was ever intended. But it all depends on how your relationship is with the book you're reading."

Minnesota Public Radio interviews author Christopher Moore about his latest novel, You Suck: A Love Story.

So Much Silence has individual mp3s of the Broken West's SXSW WOXY performance.

Author Aryn Kyle talks to NPR's Weekend Edition about her debut novel, The God of Animals.

IGN lists the top 25 classic rock albums.

NPR's Weekend Edition interviews Swedish indie pop sensations Peter Bjorn and John.

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