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August 2, 2009

Shorties (Newport Folk Festival, Joe Pernice, and more)

NPR is streaming performances today from the Newport Folk Festival, including sets by Josh Ritter, Neko case, and Deer Tick.


The Boston Globe interviews Joe Pernice about his new novel, It Feels So Good When I Stop.

Q. What was it like to make the shift from writing pop songs to working on a full-blown novel?

A. I wrote that Smiths novella a few years ago, so I had a glimpse of what it would take to write a long book. It was different from writing songs, obviously, in the size of the project, but I thought about this book constantly for a year. Even with writing songs I might spend a day, two days, where a song is pretty much in my mind. But after I finish writing a song, I don’t really think about it until it’s time to record. I would rarely spend four hours in one sitting writing a song.


In the Guardian, author Sebastian Barry discusses the experience of being longlisted for the Booker prize.


BBC News profiles Venezuela's revolutionary reading program, which features book giveaways.

The government has given out tens of thousands of free copies of Don Quijote by Cervantes and Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, saying that such events "promote reading for the construction of socialism and humanist values".


The Independent reviews comedian Rich Hall's new short story collection, Magnificent Bastards.

After his first volume of humorous short stories, Things Snowball, the comedian Rich Hall was likened to two giants of the oeuvre, David Sedaris and Woody Allen. Magnificent Bastards helps reinforce the American's claim to their figurative companionship and begs the question, "So when is the novel out, Rich?".


The Philadelphia Inquirer profiles local senior citizen music critics Bill Able, Ann Bailey, and Joe Walker of the video series, Breakfast at Sulimay's.


Web Del Sol lists the top 50 literary magazines and metazines.


A New York Times op-ed piece explains the continued appeal of vampires in pop culture.


The Guardian examines the history of the UK indie music chart and its relevance as it is revived.


Stereogum reviews the new Arctic Monkeys album, Humbug (out August 25th).


On sale for $2.99 at Amazon MP3: the 10-track Crosby, Stiils & Nash self-titled album.

Free at Amazon MP3: the 11-track Eenie Meenie Records 2009 sampler album (including tracks by Great Northern, Division Day, Scissors for Lefty, and many more indie artists).


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