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May 13, 2007

Shorties

Author Michael Chabon talks to the Baltimore Sun.

"There might be something almost pathetic in a book like Yiddish Policemen's Union in that it didn't happen," Chabon says. "It's not like that, and most people did die and Yiddish is gravely wounded and the world of Yiddish is just gone basically - Yiddish cinema, Yiddish poetry, Yiddish literary and scientific journals. All that stuff that once was is gone."

The Toronto Star reviews Chabon's latest novel, The Yiddish Policemen's Union.


In the Los Angeles Times, my favorite literary podcaster Ed Champion reviews the new Haruki Murakami novel, After Dark.

By siphoning his imagination into this taut story structure, Murakami more willfully contains his narrative powers than he did in his expansive masterpiece, "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle." While his story threads aren't always sufficiently resolved, the narrative is more conclusive than Murakami's other major slim novel, "Sputnik Sweetheart."

The San Francisco Chronicle also reviews the book.


Authors Jennifer Weiner and Laura Moriarity talk tho the Kansas City Star about the label "chick lit."

“When I go into a bookstore,” Moriarty said, “and I want to find my book, it’s usually with women’s fiction. Why is that? When Lord of the Flies isn’t filed as men’s fiction? Or Moby-Dick? I enjoy reading about men. I read Heart of Darkness. But is there a ghetto of women’s fiction? You start to think … there’s a big conspiracy of marketing.”


The New York Times previews this summer's music festivals across the US.


KEXP is streaming a Peter Bjorn and John performance this afternoon at 4:30 central.


Peter Hughes of the Mountain Goats has photos from the band's recent Scandinavian tour.


The Christian Science Monitor examines the first class of students to graduate from the Center for Cartoon Studies.

When Ms. Frakes, a second-year student from Olympia, Wash., who earned her BA from Evergreen State College, first told friends and family she was off to cartoon school, "There was mostly laughter," she said. "I still get a lot of jokes: 'Oh, you couldn't get into clown school.'" Two years later, she was sitting across from an editor whose young imprint boasts an impressive catalog of well-regarded graphic novels.


Singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks lists "music you should hear" for Amazon.com.


A Pollard a Day is a music blog dedicated to the works of former Guided By Voices frontman Robert Pollard.


New York magazine's Vulture blog lists 32 reasons why "the Eagles are the best band in the universe."



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