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May 9, 2007


Steven Hall talks to the Globe and Mail about the surprising success of his novel, The Raw Shark Texts.

"I wrote it as something that was cool and underground and might get published by a small publisher somewhere and find an audience," Hall says, still amazed that this quirky and often difficult book got five publishing offers and a call from film people within 24 hours of his editor e-mailing the first three-quarters of it out. "The film offer wasn't even from somebody we'd e-mailed it to," he says, "and they'd already read the manuscript."

see also: Hall's Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay for the novel

The Toledo Blade compares this year's summer music festivals.

The New York Sun reviews Haruki Murakami's new novel, After Dark.

If Mr. Murakami were to attempt a 24-hour epic, his would emphasize the night as James Joyce emphasized the day. "After Dark" is the rare novel that should have been longer.

Wilco's Jeff Tweedy talks to the Phoenix about his band's new album, Sky Blue Sky.

“My favorite albums have always had a sustained vibe, a kind of overall feeling that knit the songs together no matter what they were about lyrically,” Tweedy says. “That’s something we worked very hard to accomplish this time, although in a lot of ways this was the easiest studio experience I’ve ever had recording an album. We really wanted to make something beautiful and positive, and I hope we accomplished that.”

KCRW's Liza Richardson shares some of her favorite music with Drowned in Sound.

Black Angels singer Alex Maas talks to Relix.

The Independent has celebrities share their favorite cassette memories.

BBC News offers ten uses for old cassette tapes.

Slate reviews Michael Chabon's new novel, The Yiddish Policemen's Union.

With The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Chabon has finally made the only use of genre fiction that a talented writer should: Rather than forcing his own extraordinarily capacious imagination into its stuffy confines, he makes the genre—more precisely, genres—expand to take him in.

Minnesota Public Radio features in-studio performances by M. Ward and the Arctic Monkeys.

Drowned in Sound reviews the Coachella festival.

NPR's Nancy Pearl lists "under the radar" books not to miss.

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this week's CD releases


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