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October 12, 2009

Shorties (Brian Eno, Eduardo Galeano, and more)

At Print, Geeta Dayal (author of the forthcoming 33 1/3 book on Brian Eno's Another Green World) examines the art behind Eno's album covers.

The Monthly Review interviews author Eduardo Galeano.

JR: Artists and writers tell me that “magical realism” isn't simply a literary school or style, but a whole way of being in the world. How do you see it?

EG: All reality is magical — in the South and in the North, in the East and the West, and all over the planet. Reality always has surprises and mysteries, though we are often blind and deaf to it. Perhaps writing can help a little bit to capture it in its fullness.

Filter interviews Geoff Barrow of Portishead and BEAK>.

Music critic Robert Hilburn talks to Express Night Out about his new book, Cornflakes With John Lennon (And Other Tales From a Rock 'n' Roll Life).

"I want to know about the person besides the music," he continued. "Joplin came along and she was the perfect artist to ask that. So, I said, I'll ask those questions I asked Cash in a private interview in a real interview and see what happens. And it was so good. Those quotes were so revealing, so emotional, told me so much about her music. And I said that's what I'm always going to try to do. [Ask] what they think about the world, what they think about themselves, what they think about the music, what motivates them."

The Guardian's books blog explains why we should still be reading The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, 30 years after the first book was published.

The broad appeal of Hitchhiker's can be measured, in part, by the sheer range of high-profile figures involved in its various incarnations. The five radio series, for instance, have found room for New York comedy legend Jackie Mason, astronomer Patrick Moore and Hollywood star Christian Slater, a group whose eclecticism is only enhanced by the additional presence of Richard Griffiths, David Jason, Rula Lenska, Joanna Lumley and theatre maverick Ken Campbell. Alongside Martin Freeman, the film version featured Alan Rickman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Bill Nighy, Bill Bailey and the rapper Mos Def. Either list is a far cry from any standard roll call of SF fans.

Music Ally offers a music industry primer to Google Wave.

Pitchfork is streaming songs from the Twilight: New Moon soundtrack (out October 20th). shares mp3s of live performances and demos, including downloads from the Clash and Stone Roses.

Pitchfork reviews (9.0/10) the new Flaming Lips album, Embryonic (out tomorrow).

There's a raw directness to Embryonic that's been largely absent from Lips records since the mid-90s. For the first time in years, they've made an album that actually sounds like a band playing live together in a small room.

Download 7 free indie rock samplers (146 songs total) at

Amazon has dropped the price of the Kindle, its e-book reader, to $259.

The Decemberists have produced a new animated video for "The Rake's Song."

This week Five Chapters is serializing a new short story by Adam Haslett.

The Globe and Mail interviews Michael Chabon about his new essay collection, Manhood for Amateurs.

How would you say your version of fatherhood differs from your dad's generation?

The model for him was that you are the breadwinner and that you stick around. He did his best and his best was a lot better than what was necessarily expected of him. But he never took care of me in the sense of cleaned up after me when I was sick or bought me new pairs of shoes or combed my hair or any of that kind of stuff. And then when my parents divorced when I was 12 and he moved away, I didn't have the physical presence either. I definitely grew up with a sense of a lack. That might be part of what has impelled me to try live up to a somewhat higher standard in terms of presence and in terms of caring for my kids.

Spin counts down the 30 best albums of the year so far.

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