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September 27, 2009

Shorties (Audrey Niffenegger, Margaret Cho, and more)

The Chicago Tribune profiles author Audrey Niffenegger.

Artvoice interviews comedian and actress Margaret Cho about her new music album, Guitarded.

AV: It’s often been said that every comedian wishes he or she was a rock star. Now that you are touring for your upcoming CD, do you feel you are fulfilling a long-standing dream? And do you feel you are doing a better job at it than Eddie Murphy did (granted that “Party All the Time” is a unwaning classic)?

MC: Well, the songs are more like Eddie Murphy’s “Boogie in Your Butt”‘ than “Party All the Time,” although “Party All the Time” is a great song and was produced by Rick James! And it’s is true that all comics want to be rock stars, but we are also very sensible about it. What I want to be is a guitar comic—a long-lost profession, very popular in the ’80s but now they are extinct. I am bringing it back. So it’s joke songs, not serious at all.

Festival Crashers is counting down the most anticipated Austin City Limits Music Festival performances.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune dubs the Kings of Leon "the new princes of arena rock."

Psychology Today's Kluge blog examines why people play games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band.

The Financial Times reviews Lorrie Moore's new novel, A Gate at the Stairs.

As much as Moore’s writing is lifelike on a sentence by sentence basis, it ultimately seems motionless, more like a still life painting. She saw that there was still room for a novel to define America in the aftermath of 9/11, but her mannered, neurotic characters don’t make the transition from the earlier short fiction as expansively as they need to. With A Gate at the Stairs Moore reveals her weaknesses along with her strengths. She brings us vividly close to a certain kind of reality – but ultimately leaves us with the sense that the artful distance she keeps from the real limits the scope and humanity of her prose.

The Twin Cities Daily Planet interviews Adam Young of Owl City.

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