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July 17, 2009

Shorties (Essential Postmodern Reads, Tori Amos, and more)

Jacket Copy lists 61 essential postmodern reads.

On sale at Amazon MP3: Tori Amos's 17-track Abnormally Attracted to Sin for $2.99.

Brews and Books combines two of my true passions, beer and literature. A great post: a list of beers named after books & authors.

PopMatters profiles singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked.

Decider Madison interviews Rhett Miller of the Old 97s.

D: Does the Internet response to your stuff get to you?

RM: When I was more aware of it, it did. Like a lot of musicians or songwriters, I'm a sensitive person, you know? I had a Google alert for a while and every day I'd get fucking an inbox filled with different people that wrote different things, and at a certain point I thought, I can't do this anymore—I can't read this, it's hurting my soul. This one girl that wrote, like, “I saw the Old 97's in Tulsa last night. Rhett Miller has not aged well.” So I killed my Google alert. Now I've got a couple of people who, when something nice comes up, they'll send it to me, and I'll be like, “Oh, that's good.” And every once in a while, I'll be in the back of the bus after playing a show, and one of my bandmates will come in and go, “Rhett Miller has not aged well.”

PopMatters examines the unlikely literary influence of William S. Burroughs' book Naked Lunch.

Naked Lunch, the chaotic masterpiece by William Burroughs, turned 50 this year, and odds are you probably haven’t read it. Not unlike Ulysses, War and Peace or anything by Thomas Pynchon, Naked Lunch is often lauded but seldom read, even by admitted bibliophiles. But for those who have indeed read it, the book packs a literary punch that continues to ripple through Western culture, particularly among avant-garde writers and (strangely enough) musicians.

The Boston Globe examines the stage adaptation of Haruki Murakami's short story collection, After the Quake. is a wiki-like service to collect and share live music setlists online.

WXPN features a live session by Cracker.

Free Energy (formerly Hockey Night) visits The Current studio for an interview and live session.

Author Frank McCourt has entered a New York hospice and is not expected to survive his bout with meningitis.

At Publishing Perspectives, former Soft Skull publisher Richard Nash explains why today's book publishing model must change.

Jason Trachtenburg of the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players talks to the Charlotte Observer.

“There's more viable art in Miley (Cyrus) and the Jonas Brothers than in indie band A. B. or C. (The Jonases have) more integrity than most alternative music.… They're trying to put on a good show. When you can't tell the difference between the band and the cleanup crew, you need to reassess what's going on onstage.”

The Chicago Reader notes 10 under the radar albums that may have slipped by.

The A.V. Club offers gateway books into steampunk literature.

My favorite blog, USA Today's Pop Candy, has launched a wonderful redesign with many new features.

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