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October 26, 2008

Shorties (Neil Gaiman, Dungen, and more)

The Detroit Free Press has news of Dave Hanson's memoir, Slap Shot Original: The Man, the Foil, the Legend.

Who knew the Hanson Brothers could read, much less write?

One of them, Dave Hanson -- he actually is a Hanson, but not a brother -- has a book out that covers his real hockey life and his experiences making the greatest hockey movie ever (with apologies to "Miracle," "The Mighty Ducks" and "The Love Guru").

The Boston Globe profiles Dungen.

Indeed, the sense that "everything is possible" is what you get when experiencing Dungen's freewheeling forays. It is music that seems to simultaneously glance back toward '60s psych and '70s prog- and art-rock, even as it seeks to move forward into expansive realms rarely heard amid the current indie-rock landscape. Songs shift in texture and tone, going from chilled out and jazzy to torrid and densely layered, and then back again.

The A.V. Club staff share their worst concert experiences.

Cartoonists Jessica Abel and Art Spiegelman talk to the Philadelphia Inquirer about comics.

"There's a lot of stuff going on with comics that's really exciting," says Abel, who is the Best New American Comic series editor along with her husband, Matt Madden, with whom she also wrote Drawing Words & Writing Pictures, a textbook she teaches from at Manhattan's School of Visual Art. "There was a radical change somewhere in the neighborhood of 2001, and ever since then we've been riding some kind of wave."

The Contra Costa Times recommends books for Halloween reading.

Neil Gaiman talks to the Toronto Star about his young adult novel, The Graveyard Book.

Gaiman says that while watching his son pedal about, he thought of shifting Kipling's The Jungle Book. Instead of wild panthers and bears, his hero's protectors would be supernatural, ghosts and vampires. The open-ended close of The Graveyard Book begs for a sequel, and Gaiman hints that he's keen: "There was of course a Second Jungle Book."

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reviews the book.

Hushie is a new mp3 search engine.

A resource for Deadheads: the annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics.

Backseat Sandbar has some videos from the Elephant 6 Orchestra's Lexington performance, including a couple featuring Neutral Milk Hotel frontman Jeff Mangum.

io9 ponders the future of online footnotes to paper books.

The Telegraph and Guardian interview author John Updike.

ReadWriteWeb considers the future of the digital music business.

also at Largehearted Boy:

daily mp3 downloads
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
this week's CD releases


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