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October 13, 2008

Shorties (Curtis Sittenfeld, Jeff Mangum, and more)

Curtis Sittenfeld talks to the Times Online about the political waves her latest novel, American Wife, has raised.

Some Democrats have complained that Sittenfeld has made the fictional President too endearing - he may be an alcoholic but he has a boyish charm that makes you want to share a beer with him. “If I met him at some fancy wedding, I think he would be a perfectly agreeable, entertaining dinner companion. I don't think he is a moron or a monkey. I don't think he is presidential material, but he does have some skills and charisma.”


Pitchfork collects coverage of Jeff Mangum's appearance at the NYC Elephant 6 show Saturday night.


T-shirt of the day: "SCIENCE!"


The Millions offers hyperlinks to Bill Simmons' list of the best sports journalism pieces ever.


Did It Leak lets you know when an indie music album leaks.


Looking for Bruce Springsteen live mp3 downloads? Try the Bruce Springsteen MP3 Bootleg Index.


NPR is streaming last night's Washington performance by Ra Ra Riot.


Cracked lists 7 music trends whose return must be stopped.


Southern Shelter is sharing mp3s of a recent show by a new-ish Athens band, Bambara.


At the Nation, Roseanne Cash explains why she would make a better vice-president than Sarah Palin.

2. Reproductive Issues

I also believe that a teenager's pregnancy is a "private family matter." In fact, I believe that every woman's pregnancy is a "private, family matter." (I bet the GOP never thought of making that leap!)


Five Chapters features serialized short fiction by Michael Byers. If you happen to be in New York city on Wednesday, help celebrate Five Chapters' second anniversary at Union Hall in Brooklyn, where Jay McInerney, Kate Christensen and Arthur Phillips will read.


At The Week, author Valerie Martin recommends six novels about doomed marriages.


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