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March 29, 2009

Shorties (Bob Dylan, Michael Chabon, and more)

Baltimore Magazine points out that the cover of the new Bob Dylan album, Together Through Life, is an homage to author Larry Brown.

Michael Chabon talks about writing with the Ogden Standard.

Most people don't think of writing as being a job, Chabon says. They often hold a movie-type idea of writers being struck by inspiration and pounding out a masterpiece in six weeks.

"It seems kind of magical and mysterious," he says, but in the end, writing is a job.

"You sit down in your chair and you put in the time until you get 500 words or 1,000 words or whatever your personal target is. ... It's a habit and it's an occupation. Inspiration really plays a minor role."

In Newsweek, Chabon lists his five most important books.

The Telegraph lists the top 10 album-opening songs.

The Philadelphia Inquirer takes a literary tour through John Updike's Pennsylvania.

In the Guardian, Richard Ford discusses his Frank Bascombe trilogy of novels.

nyctaper features mp3s from a Crystal Stilts March performance.

Birmingham's City Stages music festival (June 19-21st) has announced the first set of acts for its 2009 lineup. As usual, there is a mix of classic rock (Styx, REO Speedwagon, Doobie Brothers), indie rock (the Whigs, Guster), and an assortment of Zydeco, country, gospel, and other acts.

An Atlantic reporter uses his SXSW experience to gauge the state of the music industry.

Though I can’t speak to the official statistics, a friend at the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau told me that preliminary data suggests that turnout held up well this year. But I also noticed that I was able to get into shows with far less difficulty than in the past, and that the venues didn’t feel as packed with tattooed humanity. Granted, it could be that I wasn’t watching the right bands, but my impression was reinforced when other friends celebrated the pleasantly sedate quality of this year’s gathering.

Books Rory Gilmore admitted reading on the Gilmore Girls.

The Eco-Media Player is a wind-up MP3 player that also recharges your other electronic devices.

Daytrotter's Saturday session features in-studio mp3s from the Redwalls.

also at Largehearted Boy:

Online "best of 2008" music lists
Online "best of 2008" book lists
daily mp3 downloads
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists


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