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October 19, 2008

Shorties (Lucinda Williams, Junot Diaz, and more)

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune interviews Lucinda Williams about her new album, Little Honey.

The Chicago Tribune lists bands with many albums, but only one sound.

Newsday remembers the good old days of the CMJ Music Marathon and previews this year's event.

Author Junot Diaz talks to the Louisville Courier-Journal about the influences behind his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

"As a kid I had a fascination for history," he said. "I had a fascination for, What's the story that came before the story? I mean, I kind of love that, you know. I think that's something that's always driven me. And of course I guess I would be drawn to the writers who have this sort of buzz too. I always love Arundhati Roy; I always love Salman Rushdie. And you know, history is all over fantasy and science-fiction novels."

The Philadelphia Inquirer examines the growing popularity of indie bands playing house parties.

IGN reviews Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo's graphic novel, Joker.

Now I understand that comparing any work to The Killing Joke in the first sentence of a review can come across as the worst sort of hyperbole, so allow me to explain. I'm not comparing the quality or merits of the two works. What I'm saying is that for the first time since Moore's seminal exploration of Batman's greatest villain, Azzarello somehow manages to humanize and demonize the Joker at the same time.

Author Michael Connelly lists the artists, songs, and CDs mentioned in his 19 novels.

IGN lists great Beatles covers.

Plugola is another online social community for indie musicians and their fans to interact.

Author Annie Proulx talks to the Los Angeles Times.

Although she admired Ang Lee's film of "Brokeback Mountain," it irks her that so many men thought they understood her characters better than she did. (She has just met with composer Charles Wuorinen to begin work on an opera based on the story for the New York City Opera.)

Sloan frontman Chris Murphy talks to the Halifax Chronicle Herald about opening for Lenny Kravitz.

The Twin Cities Daily Planet examines music criticism in the digital age.

“If I miss a band that somebody at a blog or Web site covers instead, that’s great for everyone,” says Star Tribune music critic Chris Riemenschneider. “Also, the local bloggers are generally writing to a much hipper and, generally, younger audience than we old print journalists, so we’re catering to different readerships.”

Premiere lists girl band movies that rock.

LibraryThing lists the top 1000 authors and books on the personal book inventory service.

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