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September 21, 2008

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Oregon Public Broadcasting features video of a live performance by John Vanderslice (including a brand new song).


The Seattle Times lists 40 new books worth reading.


Author Jim Shephard talks to the Schenectady Daily Gazette.

Since 1984, Shepard has been teaching at Williams College. “As a writer, teaching is both frustrating and energizing,” he said. “I have much less time to write, but I’m also forced to teach how literature goes together systematically and that’s very good training for any writer.”


Paul Westerberg talks to Newsday about the four Replacements reissues out this Tuesday and a possible reunion of the band.


CNN profiles websites that allow fans to invest in bands.


The Australian lists the 20 best Australian songs of the past 20 years, as chosen by its readers.


The Sunday Herald examines the theory linking The Wizard of Oz film and Pink Floyd's album, Dark Side of the Moon.

You have to listen to Dark Side Of The Moon two-and-a-bit times to get to the end of the movie, and it all seems to be building towards Dorothy waking up back on the farm at the exact moment David Gilmour sings "Home, home again, I like to be here when I can," on the reprise of Breathe. (This might be more convincing if it wasn't the third time you'd heard the song while watching the film.) After going through the whole process three times, I've come to a couple of conclusions. The Wizard Of Oz is a wigged-out movie, especially on mute. And Pink Floyd make profound, widdly, consciousness-expanding music that strikes a particular chord with people who have too much time on their hands. And, possibly, like heroin.


Frank Zappa's widow talks to the Los Angeles Times about protecting her husband's musical legacy.

"Let me say it in the simplest way," she lays it out, her full hand on the table, "My job is to make sure that Frank Zappa has the last word in terms of anybody's idea of who he is. And his actual last word is his music."


In the Observer, Joshua Ferris recounts a college newspaper interview he did with David Foster Wallace.

In the New York Times, A.O. Scott remembers Wallace.

In the Boston Globe, Steve Almond profiles Wallace.


The Times Online examines the trend of "nerdy" rock documentaries.


The Observer profiles artists and writers who speak out for change in their works.


Marilynne Robinson talks to NPR about her latest novel, Home, and shares an excerpt from the book.


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