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October 18, 2008

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NPR's All Things Considered talks to Neil Gaiman about his new novel, The Graveyard Book.


At the San Francisco Chronicle, Kevin Smokler reviews Sarah Vowell's latest book, The Wordy Shipmates.


LA Weekly interviews Richard Swift about his latest EP, Ground Trouble Jaw, which he released for free.

L.A. Weekly: Was there a strategic purpose, or a goal, in releasing Ground Trouble Jaw for free?

Richard Swift: I think it was void of either of those two things. I was trying to get around the business of releasing a record. Dressed Up for the Letdown [released February 2007] was finished about a year and a half before it was even released because I was going through negotiations with Polydor the whole time. I grew so tired of waiting around for all these records to be released, you know? Polydor was this major-label situation, always asking you to change stuff on your records, which I was definitely uncomfortable with. I feel really fortunate I was able to get out of my contract with Polydor and have Secretly Canadian put out my records. It made me feel happy about making music again.


The Hofstra Chronicle offers an "anti-politics" music playlist.


The Portland Mercury interviews author Shalom Auslander.


Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier talks to the Phoenix about the band's new album, Offend Maggie.


The New York Times Paper Cuts blog interviews author Robin Romm, whose memoir, The Mercy Papers: A Memoir of Three Weeks, will be published in January.


Goodness has graphic designers name their favorite non-design book.


RIP, Levi Stubbs of the Four Tops


Minnesota Public Radio's The Current has North Carolina'a Annuals in the studio for an interview and performance.


NPR excerpts from Matthew Quick's debut novel, The Silver Linings Playbook.

see also: Quick's Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay for the book


Fingertips interviews 13ghosts frontman about the future of music.


also at Largehearted Boy:

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this week's CD releases

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