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July 28, 2009

Shorties (Josh Ritter, Infinite Jest, and more)

The Louisville Courier-Journal profiles singer-songwriter Josh Ritter.

Ritter is a literate songwriter who makes smart use of historical references in his lyrics, befitting a graduate of Oberlin College, a refuge of Midwest creative types (and other singer-songwriters including Liz Phair). He's the son of two neuroscientists, and he fled to Oberlin from northwestern Idaho with the intent of joining the family business.


At Infinite Summer, Matthew Baldwin explains his love for David Foster Wallace's book, Infinite Jest.

Wallace is like the Lloyd Dobler of authors: he doesn’t woo you with flowers and chocolates, he stands outside your window with a boombox over his head until you relent.


Decider New York interviews Foreign Born's Matt Popieluch.

D: Foreign Born does feel “very L.A.,” but it’s a hard thing to put a finger on. How would you describe that quality?

MP: I think Fleetwood Mac embodies L.A. in the way we would hope to, though I wouldn’t presume to say we’ve achieved that. Actually, whenever I think of Foreign Born in regard to the city, I picture David Hockney’s pool paintings. There are those bright, vibrant colors on the surface and a definite darkness lurking underneath.


NME lists 10 tracks you have to hear this week.


The Guardian examines why crime writing holds such a low literary status.


PopMatters pitches its 20 questions to singer-songwriter Marshall Crenshaw.


io9 lists famous last lines of speculative fiction.


At Infinite Summer, Matthew Baldwin explains his love for David Foster Wallace's book, Infinite Jest.

Wallace is like the Lloyd Dobler of authors: he doesn’t woo you with flowers and chocolates, he stands outside your window with a boombox over his head until you relent.


"The Unofficial Thomas Pynchon Guide to Los Angeles"


Slate offers the three reasons music magazines are dying.


Drowned in Sound reviews the Pitchfork Music Festival.


ScrewAttack lists the top 5 indie comics you need to read.


ReverbNation offers 1,000 free mp3 downloads.


Pop Tarts Suck Toasted lists the top 10 Radiohead videos.


Lullabyes is sharing mp3s of 12 Rilo Kiley live performances. Find even more at the RKNet forum.


The A.V. Club offers a list of comics for beginners.


NPR's All Songs Considered's poll of readers' best songs of 2009 (so far) is finished.


The Rawking Refuses to Stop! lists the most anticipated albums of the second half of 2009.


Obits visit The Current studio for an interview and streaming performance.


The Guardian lists 10 of the best novels about novelists.


At the Tin House blog, author J.C. Hallman offers summer reading suggestions.


Waxploitation is auctioning signed CDs and music memorabilia to benefit Darfur.


This week's Largehearted Boy contest gives away two of my favorite short story collections of the year, Jean Thompson's Do Not Deny Me and Pettina Grappah's An Elegy for Easterly.


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also at Largehearted Boy:

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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