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November 11, 2007

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The Winnipeg Sun reviews the new Hives CD,The Black & White Album, track by track.


The Three Imaginary Girls blog lists the top ten indie birthday songs.


T-shirt of the day: "Camera"


Scotland on Sunday reviews the rash of recent rock and roll biographies.


Singer-songwriter Lloyd Cole talks to the San Francisco Chronicle.

"When we left New York, I thought it would be hard to write away from the city," Cole says. "My younger music was city music. But here I am in Lisbon, a great big city, and I've basically done the same thing I did in New York, where I found a small neighborhood that I like. I think I enjoy putting a macro lens on a small area instead of trying to get the general picture of a massive town."


In the New York Times, Mikiko Kakutani profiles recently departed author Norman Mailer.

Norman Mailer was nothing if not ambitious. He once declared he wanted to write “a novel which Dostoyevsky and Marx; Joyce and Freud; Stendhal, Tolstoy, Proust and Spengler; Faulkner, and even old moldering Hemingway might come to read.” He wanted to “alter the nerves and marrow” of the nation with his work, to “change the consciousness” of his times. He wanted to write the Big Book, the Great American Novel. He wanted to hit the longest long ball of them all.


The Austin American-Statesman reviews Ha Jin's latest novel, A Free Life.

Ha's technique is deceptively simple. In transparent, unadorned prose he describes the Wus' gradual, often reluctant adjustment to life in America. His protagonists are complex, contradictory individuals, not always admirable but sympathetic nonetheless.



also at Largehearted Boy:

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Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
this week's CD releases


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