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May 22, 2007


Don't forget to enter the Largehearted Boy Hillary Clinton Campaign Song Contest. Entries will be accepted through midnight, tomorrow.

Port Folio Weekly's writers list their 25 favorite songs.

Beginning spring 2009, Stockholm will feature an interactive ABBA museum.

Khaled Hosseini talks to the Globe and Mail about his second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns.

"I feel in my writing that there should be something critically at stake in every page and that it's my job to keep the reader worried about the fate of some character. If I feel the reader relaxing, it's like I'm not doing my job."

Esquire offers tips to make the perfect mix tape.

Popmatters reviews Michael Chabon's latest novel, The Yiddish Policemen's Union.

Pitchfork interviews singer-songwriter Andrew Bird.

Pitchfork: A lot of people still go to shows expecting to hear the record.

Andrew Bird: I get a few kids who come up to me at the show and ask "is it supposed to be like this?" But that's kind of rare. Most people are very happy with the live show. They usually say "it makes sense to me now." I also feel like it's gotten to the point now where it doesn't really matter what kind of record I make. Everyone's expecting the next Arcade Fire, or the next Modest Mouse record, to be as good as the last record. But it doesn't really matter what kind of record I put out. It's really the whole thing. I mean, I put a lot into my records, and I won't release anything I'm not totally thrilled with. But on the other hand, it's now gone beyond that shiny plastic disc.

Rolling Stone lists the 25 best road trip songs ever.

Buzz Bands is Kevin Bronson's music blog for the Los Angeles Times.

Wikipedia offers an incomplete list of Music Gene Project attributes (that influence Pandora's music recommendations).

KEXP features in-studio performances today by the Watson Twins (noon central) Lavender Diamond (2 central).

Author Alexander McCall Smith shares his love of Auden with the Scotsman.

"I can remember, more or less, the precise moment when I made my personal discovery of Auden," recalls this professor of medical law, the author of the No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency stories, 44 Scotland Street and much more. "I hadn't read him in any serious fashion until I had my first job at Queen's University, Belfast, back in 1973, and I came across Auden's Collected Shorter Poems in the library and borrowed it. I was tremendously struck by his work. I remember this wonderful sense that here was a voice that seemed to me to be unlike anything else I'd read. He can be very lyrical but there's also the sense of a wonderful, humane intelligence there. He has great insight into how we are."

Digital Media Blog interviews author Anastasia Goodstein.

see also: Goodstein's Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay for her book, Totally Wired

Bjork's entire Coachella set is available at Google Video.

Paste's band of the week is the National.

This week, New York magazine's Vulture blog is excerpting Rutu Modan's graphic novel, Exit Wounds.

Adult Swim is offering a free and legal downloadable album featuring Liars, Asobi Seksu, and others.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, discusses uncertainty with NPR's Talk of the Nation

see also:

this week's CD releases


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