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May 21, 2007


The New York Sun examines the Jesus and Mary Chain reunion.

Singer-songwriter Charlotte Gainsbourg talks to the New York Daily News.

As Gainsbourg recorded the CD, her own children, ages 9 and 4, noticed her preoccupation with her parents. But history has a way of repeating itself.

"I asked them if they wanted to hear the album, and they said, 'No, that's okay,'" she says with a quiet laugh. "It really makes you have your feet on the ground."

This week, Popmatters is offering excerpts from the biography, Redemption Song: The Ballad of Joe Strummer.

Pitchfork (8.6/10) and Popmatters (9/10) review the new album by the National, Boxer.

Literary Kicks examines the use of the Yeats poem, "The Second Coming," in the Sopranos (warning: spoilers if you haven't seen the latest episode).

I was already thinking of writing here about the constant stream of literary references that have been found on this show: Herman Melville, Gustave Flaubert, George Orwell, Walt Whitman, Thomas Mann, Henry James, Kazuo Ishiguro, Arthur Golden and many more. The Sopranos may be one of the most bookish television series ever, which is one of many reasons it will be missed after two more episodes complete the run.

Wikipedia compares iPod management software.

In the New York Times, author Mark Helprin examines copyright law as it applies to public domain.

Michael Chabon talks to the Miami Herald about his latest novel, The Yiddish Policemen's Union.

'Devising worlds of your own is the whole reason I wanted to be a writer in the first place,'' says Chabon, who turns 43 the day before his Gables reading. ``I was entranced by Lord of the Rings and the Narnia books, Ursula Le Guin and The Earthsea Trilogy, all these books that come with maps and chronologies, the whole apparatus of an invented world. . . . Of course, you do this with every novel, even one set in the recognizable world, but this was the first one where I unleashed all 35 years of pent-up desire to make maps.''

NPR is streaming last night's Andrew Bird's Washington performance.

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