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November 6, 2007


The Seattle Post-Intelligencer interviews author Dave Eggers.Did you expect that "What Is the What?" would become a best-seller, especially with its harrowing setting in Africa? Why do you think that happened?

I just don't know. I remember the first person who read the book all the way through outside of Vendela (Vida, fellow writer and Eggers' wife) was Andrew Leland of "The Believer." I thought that if this guy can make it through this book, then maybe we're onto something. He did and I thought, well, all right, it might be read by a mainstream audience. As long as I didn't just tell the story, but told it well.

The Brisbane Courier-Mail examines the intersection between video games and the music industry.

"Today, labels are launching artists' entire careers around their inclusion in a top-selling title like FIFA or Need For Speed," Schnur says. "The truth is that consumers now spend more time playing videogames than listening to the radio or watching TV."

Popmatters interviews Feelies frontman Glenn Mercer.

Readerville is a forum and social network built around books.

KEXP is streaming an in-studio performance by Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman today at 9:30 pacific this morning.

T-shirt of the day: "Music Snob"

LAist interviews singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright.

Joe Henry says all musicians have at least one good Bob Dylan story. You wrote a birthday song about Bob "Talking New Bob Dylan" Do you have a favorite Bob Dylan memory?

I remember seeing Bob Dylan perform at the Newport Folk Festival. It must have been in 1962. In fact I think I sing that in that song. It was a powerful experience to see this skinny nineteen year old kid. He's five years older that I am, so I was a skinny fourteen year old kid. Just seeing that guy up there with an acoustic guitar performing so magnificently. It was kind of an earth shaking, ground moving moment or three minutes.

The Christian Science Monitor reviews Michael Chabon's latest novel, Gentlemen of the Road.

But "Gentlemen of the Road" is not a deeply felt work. Like "The Final Solution," it's an expertly rendered pastiche by a writer with a genuine fondness for old-style stories. (The book was originally published in serial form in The New York Times magazine.)

Cartoonist Alison Bechdel talks to West Chester University's The Quad.

Author Ha Jin talks to Time Out New York.

"I’m different from other authors because I’m still in the process of becoming a writer,” says Jin, 51, from his home in the Boston area. “Every book, for me, is a kind of departure.”

In an op-ed piece, the Los Angeles Times examines ad-based legal music filesharing options.

The Comics Reporter interviews Persepolis creator Marjane Satrapi.

DANIEL HOLLOWAY: How is making a film different from making a comic book?

MARJANE SATRAPI: Well everything changes. I was a very solitary person, working with myself and being all alone -- which I like, actually, a lot. In a movie, you have to work with all sorts of people. It's absolutely not the same relationship to the work. That was very difficult at the beginning. But also, you have a number of things that you never think about -- such as the music and a number of things I never had to take care of. Now I had to take care of that. That was quite an experience.

Tiny Mix Tapes reviews John Vanderslice's latest album, Emerald City.

And so, while it’s easy to grouse about John Vanderslice writing a second album in which 9/11 and American foreign politics figure prominently (the first was 2005’s Pixel Revolt), his decision to do so is also highly defensible. Named after Baghdad’s infamous Green Zone and inspired largely by the continuing battle of the singer/songwriter’s French girlfriend to obtain an American visa, Emerald City personalizes the effects of recent political events.

Bookslut's November issue is online, complete with interviews of Cris Mazza, Paul Verhaegen, and a profile of the Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko.

I Heart Music has posted its annual collaborative list of the hottest Canadian bands.

Indie Band Manager is software that allegedly does what its title suggests. Has anyone used this?

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