September 22, 2008
1. Eternity - Lionel Richie
2. Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder
3. Waiting On The World To Change - John Mayer
4. American Prayer - Dave Stewart
5. Battle Cry - Shontelle
6. Make It Better - Los Lonely Boys
7. Pride In The Name Of Love - John Legend
8. I Have A Dream - BeBe Winans
9. Am I All Alone - Suai
10. One Is The Magic # - Jill Scott
11. Love & Hope - Ozomatli
12. Looking East - Jackson Browne
13. Out of Our heads - Sheryl Crow
14. Promised Land - Malik Yusef with Kanye West and Adam Levine of Maroon 5
15. Hold On - Yolanda Adams
16. America The Beautiful - Keb' Mo'
17. America - Ken Stacey
18. Wide River - Buddy Miller
see also: the Largehearted Boy Why Obama series, a collection of essays by musicians and authors explaining their support of his campaign
20. Last but certainly not least, what are you working on, now?
A novel. Two collections of narrative essays. More than anything in the world I would like to pull a “how to talk to your hairdresser” type book out of my butt to support my prose habit. Cleaning my office, it looks like a crazy hoarder inhabits it, which is probably the case.
Popmatters interviews Chuck Klosterman.
For being one of the world’s most noted pop-culture columnists, what was the biggest challenge that you faced in writing a work of total fiction?
People keep asking me about the difference between writing nonfiction and writing fiction. I never know how to respond to this. I suppose I would have gotten the same question if I had written four novels and then a nonfiction book.
It was harder to write fiction, but maybe that was only because I’d never done it before. I can’t remember if writing Fargo Rock City was hard or easy.
"I know more people in my neighborhood after living in the Village for three years then I did in Fairview, Tenn., in 20 years," he says. "It's just the way the city is. You're not hermetically sealed in a car. I know the butcher and the baker and the candlestick maker. I might be able to improve my waiting time on line at some of the restaurants downtown too, in the process of working this guest list."
AE: So while working on this song for Augusten Burroughs, was it difficult for you to write about something that was so specific?
TQ: It was different and fun because it wasn't about me. I never, ever, ever approach writing from someone else’s' perspective. I found it really difficult. I wanted to do justice to Augusten but I was also feeling a ton of pressure because I had never done it before, so the combination of the two basically paralyzed me, and I didn't know where to start. So I read the book and started like I was writing him a letter. "Dear Augusten, how and the hell did you make it through your life?" And I felt inspired.
At New York Magazine, Elizabeth Wurtzel remembers David Foster wallace.
Q: Books have a lot of words in them. What made you want to write one in the first place?
A: A vague, general desire to write a book. I tried 10 years ago. I rented a house in Martha's Vineyard in the winter, and I didn't write a page. I just couldn't think of an idea for a novel. So I wrote about myself for lack of any other ideas.
Popdose offers a guide to Hatfield's career.
But the likely reasons that Cold War Kids have vaulted to the forefront of the L.A. rock world are often the most prickly elements of their sound. Instead of full chords or verse-chorus-verse structures, Willett's vocals are usually supported by distant guitar effects, crunchy bass grooves and smatterings of percussion. Open space is as important as any instrument, and Willett's lyrics tend to the macabre and stream-of-consciousness, like on "Dreams Old Men Dream": "Thought I was laying in the gutter in milk cartons and bones. . . . Thought I was on an island shooting flares at your boat."
And for my money, the song that best captures the economic anxieties and aspirations voters are feeling now — and the song of the 2008 cycle — is "The Righteous Path" by the Drive-By Truckers. Take a look at the pitch-perfect opening lyrics:
I got a brand-new car that drinks a bunch of gas
I got a house in a neighborhood that's fading fast…
I got a beautiful wife and three tow-headed kids
I got a couple of big secrets I'd kill to keep hid
I don't know God but I fear his wrath
I'm trying to keep focused on the righteous path
In just the first two lines, the song seems to anticipate $4 gasoline and the subprime housing crisis, even though it was recorded in 2007 and released on the album "Brighter Than Creation's Dark," this January. With accurate artistic forecasting like this, I'd trade these drunken country punks for a boatload of bickering economists.
Discover lists the best science fiction planets.
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