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October 25, 2008

Shorties (Haruki Murakami, Lily Allen, and more)

In the Wall Street Journal, Lionel Shriver criticizes the current literary fashion of not using quotation marks.

The refusal to make a firm distinction between speech and interior reflection can also evoke a hermetic worldview. Explaining why she writes without quotes, British novelist Julie Myerson asserts, "In my experience of the world, there are no marks separating out what I think and what I say, or what other people do." Yet when the exterior is put on a par with the interior, everything becomes interior. What is conveyed is an insidious solipsism. When thinking, speaking and describing all blend together, the textual tone levels to a drone. The drama seems to be melting.


The Vancouver Sun examines "the literary web."


The New York Times profiles actor/singer-songwriter Lukas Haas.

Though Mr. Haas hasn’t given up acting (he recently had a cameo on “Entourage” as a backwoods screenwriter, and made a memorable appearance in the indie film “Brick” as a drug kingpin), his current passion is music. In the last year or so, Mr. Haas has been trying to make it as a solo musician. His tuneful and earnest first EP, which is part Jack Johnson, part Elliot Smith, is now available on iTunes, and a full album will follow this spring.


Lily Allen is previewing a new song on her MySpace page.


AC/DC has created the video for its "Rock N Roll Train" single in an Excel spreadsheet. (Watch the video on YouTube)


Lullabyes features some mo3s from the Cold War Kids' recent Fort Worth show.


HearWhere helps you find live music shows in your area.


NPR's Day to Day interviews folk singer Vashti Bunyan.


The Mac Weekly interviews author Neil Gaiman.


The San Francisco Chronicle recommends fall books for children.


U2's Bono will write a column next year for the New York Times.


The San Francisco Chronicle interviews Haruki Murakami.

Q: Readers are very passionate about your work. Why do you think fiction matters to people so much?

A: That's a big question. I know how fiction matters to me, because if I want to express myself, I have to make up a story. Some people call it imagination. To me, it's not imagination. It's just a way of watching. Sometimes it's not easy. You have to dream intentionally. Most people dream a dream when they are asleep. But to be a writer, you have to dream while you are awake, intentionally. So I get up early in the morning, 4 o'clock, and I sit at my desk and what I do is just dream. After three or four hours, that's enough. In the afternoon, I run. The next day, the dream will continue. You cannot do that while you are asleep. When the dream stops, it stops forever. You cannot continue to dream that same dream. But if you are a writer, you can do that. That is a great thing, to keep on dreaming while you are awake.


T-shirt of the day: "Robots Are a Nerd's Best Friend"


ReadWriteWeb considers the futire of the digital music business.


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