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August 21, 2009

Shorties (Neil Gaiman, Fiery Furnaces, and more)

reviewsnthings asks comics creators their thoughts on the term "graphic novel."

Neil Gaiman, novelist, comics writer, and bon vivant:
It is at moments like this Pádraig, that we remember what Dr Johnson said on the subject:

As far as I can tell, GRAPHIC NOVEL was a term coined by YAHOOS specifically to pester, irritate and lykewise get the GANDER of MASTER EDDIE CAMPBELL, such that SMALL BOYS and STREET URCHINS are said to shout it at him in the street (Viz, Here Comes Master Campbell, Have you written or drawn another Graphic Novel today?). Persons of QUALITY do not utter it, preferring such terms as BIG COMICAL BOOK ALL BOUNDEN TOGETHER WITH A THICK SPINE or even A COLLEXION OF PAGES WITH PICTURES AND WORDS PRINTED IN SUCH A WAY THAT BOOKESHOPPES CAN SELL THEM TO THEIR PROFIT.

The Asheville Citizen-Times interviews Matthew Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces.

Q: Eight albums since 2003 — how do you explain your prolific output?

A: It's fun to play music. Even while getting a chance to do it as a job, it's still fun, so we do it a lot. That leads to trying to make a lot of records. Also, the size of our band helps. If we were a bigger band, we'd have to do a lot of promotion and touring behind our latest record. If we were a smaller band, we wouldn't be able to release records. So we're in just the right place.

BBC News talks to Clint Boon of Inspiral Carpets about the Manchester music scene of 1989.

Former Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan talks to the Irish Independent about her new solo album, No Baggage (out next week).

Pitchfork wraps up its list of the top 500 tracks of the 2000s.

A Charles Darwin opera with music written by The Knife.

The A.V. Club offers gateway points into teh world of classic Afro-pop.

Drowned in Sound editors choose 90 songs of the "noughties."

Thrill Jockey Records is launching a 12" subscription series.

Clickmusic interviews singer-songwriter Imogen Heap.

At NPR, Nancy Pearl lists several mystery books you may have missed, including Jedediah Berry's amazing The Manual of Detection.

Geeks Are Sexy lists the top 5 places to get free science fiction online.

NPR lists three good books centered around music.

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