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September 6, 2009

Shorties (Nick Hornby, James Ellroy, and more)

In the Observer, Nick Hornby explains the "liberating effect" of music blogs.

Read an excerpt from James Ellroy's new novel, Blood's a Rover.

The Boston Globe interviews Lorrie Moore about her new novel, A Gate at the Stairs.

Q: Why did you choose the novel instead of the short-story form this time?

A: The collection of events and the handling of a year’s time required a longer narrative form. I did also write four short stories during this time. But they’re unrelated to the novel.

Bat for Lashes' Natasha Khan talks to the Observer.

"I want to communicate to the everyday person. I don't want to just roll around in my own avant-garde pool of coolness," she laughs. "I feel like the greatest people to me, and the ones that have touched me, were through the radio when I was 11 years old." People like Prince, Elvis and Michael Jackson, she says. She saw Jackson play Wembley on his Bad tour when she was nine. "He was such a one-off, the epitome of a child lost in an adult's world. And he had this electricity when you saw him, with his movements and his music and the joy of singing and how happy he was when he performed. People like that just have a high voltage running through them and you don't see it very often. Compare it now to Lady Gaga or whatever – the latest all-singing, all-dancing sensation – and it's like, 'No! Not happening.' It's just bollocks."

The Times-Picayune examines how musicians are increasingly using the internet to finance their albums.

The Sacramento News & Review reviews two of the year's best novels, Joshua Mohr's Some Things That Meant the World to Me and Ron Currie, Jr.'s Everything Matters!.

The Second Pass reviews the oral biography Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records.

Please take this academic research survey about music blogs and help a graduate student.

Johns Hopkins Magazine offers a book list for self-learners, an "autodidact course catalog."

The Los Angeles Times profiles comics writer Matt Fraction.

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