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October 21, 2007


The Boston Globe interviews Sam Riley, who plays Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis in the biopic Control.

Q: In the Joy Division documentary there's a quote about Ian Curtis where someone says, "All he did in his spare time was read about human suffering." What do you do with that?

A: [Laughs] I love that. I love Ian Curtis. He was really brilliant, wasn't he? He comes from a family not too dissimilar from mine, where he was very much loved, and looked after. He went to a nice school. And I think there's something about coming from that safe background that makes you always slightly self-conscious about being in rock 'n' roll. It's always more convincing if you've been picked off the street or you've been a criminal in your early life. So maybe to read about all that suffering is to sort of try to bring yourself as close to what you feel is authentic rock stardom, where you had hardships and the working-class ethos. It wasn't particularly Ian; nor am I.

Medium Fidelity interviews Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme.

The Chicago Sun-Times reviews Adrian Tomine's new graphic novel, Shortcomings.

Ben Tanaka, the hero of Adrian Tomine's new graphic novel, Shortcomings, is educated enough to know a few things about the world, and cynical enough to hate practically everything in it.

I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day is an mp3 blog featuring holiday music.

The Spectator traces the career of author and new Nobel laureate Doris Lessing.

Rockshot offers a list of metal music blogs.

Google Music Trends tracks what Google Talk users are listening to.

T-shirt of the day: "Save 2nd Base"

Minnesota Public Radio's The Current features a performance by singer-songwriter Dan Wilson.

NPR's Weekend Edition excerpts from Sebastian Faulk's new novel, Engleby.

NPR is streaming last night's Washington performance by Stars and New Buffalo.

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