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July 30, 2007


RIP, film director Ingmar Bergman

Popmatters interviews Beth Ditto of Gossip.

What’s the sound of the future?

In the States Mika Miko is the best thing ever. If people knew what was good for them, they’d just listen to Mika Miko. They’re all girl punks from LA. They’re very Germs-influenced. The guitar is f*cking genius. Everyone in that band is so good. And they’re all about 19. I’m 26 and it’s frightening.

Five Chapters is serializing a new short story this week by Jennifer S. Davis.

Stylus lists the 50 greatest rock drummers.

/film offers an aggregated top 100 movie list put together by the online film community.

KEXP features a streaming in-studio performance by singer-songwriter John Vanderslice today at 9:30 pacific time.

Pop Candy wraps up its Comic-Con coverage (the most thorough online).

The New York Times examines the posthumous books published under Robert Ludlum's name.

Whether it is fair to readers to publish the Ludlum books posthumously — in the form of spruced-up old manuscripts or new novels written by others — is not a serious concern to the estate or to Grand Central Publishing, the former Warner Books, where the rights to all new novels moved from St. Martin’s Press.

“I don’t think anyone objects as long as you maintain the quality of the book,” Mr. Morrison said. “The Sherlock Holmes novels have been a business since ‘The Seven-Percent Solution,’ and some have been better than others. It’s the characters that interest people.”

The Manchester Evening News reports that a group of music fans is planning a cycling tour around the city's Smiths landmarks to benefit the Salford Lads Club.

Their route will take in landmarks made famous by Smiths front man Morrissey, including Strangeways prison, the Holy Name Church on Oxford Road and Kings Road in Stretford where Morrissey grew up.

In the New York Daily News, Jim Farber reviews the new John Vanderslice album, Emerald City.

Cinematical features an mp3 interview with author Neil Gaiman.

Author Jonathan Lethem talks to NPR's All Things Considered about the new collection, Philip K. Dick: Four Novels of the 1960s: The Man in the High Castle / The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch / Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? / Ubik, as well as the literary legacy of the science fiction writer.

Ed Champion breaks down the argument of the latest print journalist (Sven Birkerts of the Boston Globe) to enter the "print vs. online fray."

Nevertheless, I do believe Birkerts is right to point to “literary life” as the two words that sum up why book review sections, which naturally cling to overly conservative critics and overly conservative books under review, are dying and litblogs are thriving.

All Music Guide is seeking "non-US music experts and writers."

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this week's CD releases


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