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May 15, 2007

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Australian novelist Richard Flanagan talks to the Toronto Star.

"Whereas it's my genuine belief that the most remarkable country for literature in the English-speaking world today is Canada. No one can match it for the depth, breadth and the quality of its writers."


Gothamist interviews John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants.


The Seattle Times interviews author Michael Chabon.


Tcritic lists the top ten Star Wars t-shirts.


Rolling Stone lists the 15 worst albums by great bands.


Matt Berninger and Aaron Dressner of the National talks to Drowned in Sound about the band's new album, Boxer.

Aaron mentions that the band decided to drop one song which would have made a great single from the tracklisting because it “didn’t fit” – do the band enjoy the process of paring down material for an album, or is it a fraught affair?

Matt: “It’s like a chess game, where we’ll know that someone loves a certain song, so we might take something that we’re not really that attached to and act like we love it so much so we can be all like, ‘well okay if you drop that one I’ll drop mine which you know I really love.’”


A Better Offer is featuring the Annuals for the next two weeks.


The Futurist features mp3s from J Roddy Walston & The Business's recent WOXY Lounge Act session.


Open Culture lists 25 music blogs as part of its growing collection of culture blogs.


Ohio State University's Lantern rails against the "emo" label.

It might not be fair to judge mainstream emo music for being fake punk, fake hard-core or fake anything. All sorts of musicians in all sorts of genres prop up fake images of themselves. Rappers exaggerate their street cred, and flaunt lifestyles that even they couldn't afford.


NPR's Morning Edition examines the new world of online music collaboration.


Singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens will write the introduction to The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007 (edited by Dave Eggers).


The Christian Science Monitor reviews Haruki Murakami's new novel, After Dark.

Like a latter-day Walker Percy or Albert Camus, Murakami raises questions about perception and existence, though he feels no compunction to propose answers. For him, the intrigue is in the engaging situations and conversations even alienated individuals encounter as they wend their hapless way through their often bewildering lives.


Irvine Welsh talks to Minnesota Public Radio about his latest novel, The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs (out this week in paperback).


T-shirt of the day: "Metal Vader"



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