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October 13, 2009

Shorties (Bloom County, Indie Rock Blog Backlash, and more)

Berkeley Breathed talks to New York magazine about his comic strip Bloom County, and the just released The Bloom County Library: Volume One: 1980–1982.

From a drawer, he produces fan mail from two notable hermits: There’s a typewritten letter from To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee and about a dozen pages from “Calvin and Hobbes” creator Bill Watterson, all of them illustrated. “What’s with these people?” he asks with mock outrage. “They were powerful and affecting the culture. Then to say, ‘I don’t want it’?” But, of course, Breathed knows about abandoning success. In 1989, he walked away from “Bloom County” at the height of its popularity, and just nine years after it was launched.

The Washington Post examines the effects of indie rock blog backlash.

Prefix interviews the Kings of Convenience.

eMusic interviews Jesus Lizard frontman David Yow.

Crawdaddy lists the 10 best songs of the 2000s.

The Guardian is streaming six tracks from the new Spandau Ballet album, Once More.

The National Post interviews Wilco bassist John Stirratt.

At the Huffington Post, Nick Hornby talks to Marshall Fine about his new novel, Juliet, Naked.

Meric Long of the Dodos talks to Greg Kot's Turn It Up blog.

Clashmusic profiles Cymbals Eat Guitars.

It is as if Pavement had never split up, but rather joined Modest Mouse for a big, drunken, stoned collaboration of epic proportions.

J.B. Dunckel of Air talks to PopMatters about the band's new album, Love 2.

USA Today gathers online reviews for Michael Jackson's new single, "This Is It."

The Guardian's books blog declares a "post sci-fi" world.

The walls that defined speculative fiction as a genre are quickly tumbling down. They are being demolished from within by writers such as China Mieville and Jon Courtney Grimwood, and scaled from the outside by the likes of Michael Chabon and Lev Grossman. And they are being ignored altogether by a growing number of writers with the ambition to create great fiction, and the vision to draw equally on genre and literary tradition to achieve that goal. The post-sci-fi era is an exciting one to be reading in.

Waxy shares some audio analysis of three Beatles multi-track masters.

BBC News examines the growth worldwide of hip-hop.

Author Talk interviews Padgett Powell, whose latest book is The Interrogative Mood.

The Twin Cities Daily Planet lists the 10 greatest albums of the 2000s.

Alton Brown talks to NPR's Weekend Edition about his new book, Good Eats: The Early Years.

The A.V. Club also interviews Brown.

On sale for $1.99 at Amazon MP3: Los Lonely Boys 5-track 1969 EP.

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Win one of two copies of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, by Jane Austen and Ben H. White.

Win James Ellroy's new novel, Blood's a Rover.

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