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March 14, 2008


Celebrity chef and SXSW showcase promoter Rachael Ray talks to the West Australian.

“Rachael has an evil Rachael side too,” she said.

“My husband has a rock band and I love going out to indie rock clubs, we love independent films.

“We love having people over, every time people come over we go pretty late, we have a vegas room and smoke cuban cigars and play poker all night.

“I drink coffee all day ... and when I go home I switch to wine as soon as I walk in the front door.

“I like to think I’m a balanced two-shoe.”

(my favorite line about Ray: "Rachael Ray does to food what Hitler did to Poland," by Anthony Bourdain)

The Guardian profiles Kim and Kelley Deal of the Breeders, and Chartattack notes Kelley's upcoming knitting book Bags That Rock: Knitting On The Road With Kelley Deal (out in October of this year).

This Is Fake DIY reviews the new Breeders album, Mountain Battles, giving it 4 out of 5 stars.

Salon profiles author Harlan Allison.

Ellison occupies a peculiar place in modern literary history, and he's nearly as well known for his explosive temper and his confrontations with editors, TV and movie producers, fellow writers and fans as for his many collections of genre-defying short fiction. If you already know his work and reputation, I don't need to explain its importance to you; if you don't, I probably can't explain it to you. At the end of "Dreams With Sharp Teeth," Ellison extends his gratitude to Edgar Allan Poe, Franz Kafka and Dr. Seuss (among others), and that trifecta just about describes his universe.

Elisa Albert talks to the Jewish Journal about her novel, The Book of Dahlia.

see also: Albert's Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay for the book

SXSW Videos is an unofficial site aggregating user videos from the conference.

Willamette Week and the Washington Post's Express review day one of SXSW Music.

At Pitchfork's Guest List, John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats lists some of his favorite things.

>> Last Great Book I Read

I read a bunch of really good books, but the last one that knocked me flat was Wonderful, Wonderful Times by Elfriede Jelinek. The woman who wrote The Piano Teacher. Nobel Prize winner. Wonderful, Wonderful Times. Dark, dark, dark book.

Popmatters profiles Spanish acts at SXSW this year.

The Slashdot community discusses Douglas Wolk's book, Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean.

see also: Wolk's Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay for the book

The Los Angeles Times eulogizes Dave Stevens, creator of The Rocketeer comics.

Southern Shelter features mp3s from a recent Atlanta performance by Dark Meat.

At Baby Got Books, Tim Frederick offers streaming mp3s to accompany his Largehearted Boy review of Dean Wareham's memoir Blank Postcards.

The Morning News offers six word reviews for each of the 763 sample mp3s offered by SXSW.

also at Largehearted Boy:

2007 online music lists
Daily Downloads
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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