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September 19, 2008


If you have a book club, Joshua Henkin will chat via telephone with your group about his novel Matrimony if you sign up by midnight, September 21st. interviews singer-songwriter Rose Kemp.

Why are your records so intense?

I tend to prefer music that sounds like it's been cathartic for the person who's made it. Music isn't therapy for me, but it is everything.

The Boston Globe interviews Sigur Ros drummer Orri Pall Dyrason about the band's latest album.

Q: Sometimes Jonsi sings in a made-up language, which you've dubbed Hopelandic.

A: Yes, sometimes it's blah blah blah, nonsense. When we make songs we don't have the lyrics, so he just uses his voice like another instrument. Most people think there has to be a story to be a meaning, but sometimes it doesn't need the lyrics. It's just music.

D.C. Sluggers offers trading cards of politicians, including US presidential contenders Barack Obama and John McCain.

The Washington Times lists unsung guitar heroes.

The Oregonian interviews Chuck Klosterman about his new novel, Downtown Owl.

"The first time you write a book, if it's any good, the reception is always going to be the most positive," he said. "If you're unknown and the book's no good, people aren't going to bother. I know that this book will have some degree of success, regardless of the quality, because people know who I am. That said, I'm much better off just because I'm much less nervous about what's going on. Writing books is what I do for a living."

Willamette Week, the Vail Daily News, and I Will Dare review the novel.

The Boston Globe profiles singer-songwriter Basia Bulat.

At the Baltimore City Paper, Lulu Eightball cartoonist Emily Flake examines books about the craft of cartooning.

Cover Lay Down is an mp3 blog devoted to cover songs.

The Kenyon Review examines the many forms of the literary rejection letter.

Guardian readers recommend songs about marriage.

nyctaper interviews John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats.

The Chicago Tribune lists famous comic book recalls.

The Times Online lists 10 books not to read before you die.

Alan Moore talks to the Los Angeles Times about the film adaptation of his graphic novel, Watchmen.

"I find film in its modern form to be quite bullying," Moore told me during an hourlong phone call from his home in England. "It spoon-feeds us, which has the effect of watering down our collective cultural imagination. It is as if we are freshly hatched birds looking up with our mouths open waiting for Hollywood to feed us more regurgitated worms. The 'Watchmen' film sounds like more regurgitated worms. I, for one, am sick of worms. Can't we get something else? Perhaps some takeout? Even Chinese worms would be a nice change."

Flavor Tunes lets your guests have a hand in picking your party's music playlist.

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