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May 22, 2008


Net, Blogs and Rock 'n' Roll: How Digital Discovery Works and What it Means for Consumers is a book by David Jennings.

Seven Days profiles cartoonist James Kochalka.

“I guess I’ve always had a cult following,” the artist says candidly. “My fame in the comics world definitely outpaces my sales, though,” he adds with a grin.

WXPN reviews recently released "sophisticated" children's albums.

Minnesota Public Radio previews this weekend's Dylan Days in Hibbing by talking to the author of Positively Main Street: Bob Dylan's Minnesota, Toby Thompson.

The Duluth News Tribune also previews the festivities.

Technovelgy offers a glossary of science fiction ideas and inventions.

Mixwit is a Muxtape-like tool for sharing online mixtapes.

NPR's Morning Edition examines the musical collaboration between classical violinist Hilary Hahn and indie rocker Josh Ritter.

When Ritter plays a concert with Hahn, at least half the audience is used to hearing Beethoven and Bach. As the Met show began — in a museum that houses paintings by Picasso and Van Gogh — Ritter said he was "storming the gates of irony," and he later remarked that it was cool to play in a place without a neon sign behind him and without anyone throwing beer bottles.

Salon offers a critics' roundtable on the state of literary criticism.

USA Today offers its summer books preview.

The Portland Mercury reviews Michael Chabon's essay collection Maps and Legends.

These 16 pieces—collected from publications as diverse as Architectural Digest and The New York Review of Books—are deeply personal, but as a whole, Maps and Legends is a clever, relevant thesis on the inevitable intersections of pulp and literature.

Ploomy lists the top songs to get you pumped up.

A Flickr user captured a photo of John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats reading from his book, Black Sabbath's Master of Reality, at Regulator Books in Durham, and also recorded an mp3 excerpt.

WXPN's World Cafe interviews Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla about the band's new album, Narrow Stairs.

At the Futurist you can stream the WOXY DJ session of Kim & Kelley Deal of the Breeders.

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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