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June 29, 2009

Shorties (Todd Snider, Doctor Who, and more)

The A.V Club interviews singer-songwriter Todd Snider.

The BBC News magazine lovingly looks back on Doctor Who novelizations.

Faithful to the show they certainly were, but there were things the books - being books - could do better. After all, a typewriter can take you anywhere in the Universe, not just to a Home Counties quarry. Doomed minor characters were brought out and developed. Some books stayed close to the dialogue, with minimal description and were rather thin. Others were just that little bit more literary.

Yesterday's updates to the 2009 Bonnaroo music festival live show downloads page include lossless bittorrent downloads of the Bon Iver, Rober Earl Keen, moe., and Yeah Yeah Yeahs shows.

Gawker notes author Alice Hoffman's Twitter tirade against a book critic.

Alice Hoffman has a new novel out. Roberta Silman gave Hoffman's book a lukewarm review in the Boston Globe. Alice Hoffman then went insane on Twitter, even publishing Silman's phone number and encouraging her fans to call and attack her.

The Philadelphia Daily News points out the exhibit of Sun Ra art and artifacts.

"Pathways to Unknown Worlds: Sun Ra, El Saturn & Chicago's Afro-Futurist Underground, 1954-1968," an exhibit on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art through Aug. 2, captures Ra's ideas in their developmental stages. Curated by journalist and jazz critic John Corbett, the show collects artifacts, memorabilia and artwork from Ra's years in Chicago and New York, before the move to what would be come his Arkestra's permanent home in Philadelphia.

NME interviews Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand.

3:AM interviews author Dennis Cooper.

3:AM: You’re described as the most dangerous writer in America, are you comfortable with being described like this?

DC: Oh, I understand why publishers and journalists pick up on that quote and use it for marketing purposes, but I think it’s kind of silly. I mean, the most dangerous writer in America would be some zealot on the political far right or some manipulative evangelist or someone like that. I’m just trying to get readers to confront and accept subjects and unusual literary forms that they tend to find disturbing and off-putting in a way that causes them to entertain the thinking and emotions behind violence and certain kinds of sex acts and things like that, and I guess I don’t see trying to do that as a dangerous act.

SF Signal offers a guide to international science fiction and fantasy literature.

Drowned in Sound is celebrating "Alt. Country Week."

Alimentum is a literary review "all about food."

The Guardian recaps this year's Guardian music festival.

musicOMH previews my favorite summer music festival, Latitude.

NPR's Books We Like recommends Percival Everett's new novel, I Am Not Sidney Poitier.

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