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October 16, 2009

Shorties (Best Music Websites, McSweeney's Quarterly Newspaper Issue, and more)

The Independent lists the 25 best music websites.


McSweeney's previews issue 33 of McSweeney's Quarterly, the newspaper issue.

Issue 33 of McSweeney's Quarterly will be a one-time-only, Sunday-edition sized newspaper—the San Francisco Panorama. It'll have news (actual news, tied to the day it comes out) and sports and arts coverage, and comics (sixteen pages of glorious, full-color comics, from Chris Ware and Dan Clowes and Art Spiegelman and many others besides) and a magazine and a weekend guide, and will basically be an attempt to demonstrate all the great things print journalism can (still) do, with as much first-rate writing and reportage and design (and posters and games and on-location Antarctic travelogues) as we can get in there.


At Clash Music, Fanfarlo's Simon Balthazar lists the "top ten tracks to stalk around a Norwegian forest to."


At the Huffington Post, poet Melanie Drane responds to Lev Grossman's recent Wall Street Journal article, "Good Books Don't Have to Be Hard."

Yes, Lev Grossman: a rollicking, adrenalin-flushed novel is glorious. But absent the intimacy exerted by lyricism, we race through pages, and remain unmoved. Even with pyrotechnic plots, the possibilities exhaust themselves. Story lines repeat in variation, hitched to different settings. Formulaic characters become interchangeable, flat and forgettable. We never get to know them better, but that's not the point: they're secondary to the entertainment of predicting plot outcomes.

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/melanie-drane/lyricism-as-a-subversive_b_322673.html


The Collagist's third issue is online, and the literary magazine contains new fiction from Matthew Derby, Roxane Gay, Sarah Norek, and Catherine Zeidler, and much more.


A.V. Austin profiles four of the city's literary stars.


PopMatters profiles singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III.


NME writers name the best lyricist writing music today.


Paste interviews John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats about the band's new album, The Life of the World to Come.


The Seattle Post Intelligencer interviews Michael Chabon about his new essay collection, Manhood for Amateurs.

Time Out Chicago reviews the book.

What's your overarching parenting philosophy?

A: Tell the truth. That's what we demand of [the kids], and that's what they know they can expect from us. There are times when we can't quite get the whole truth out, although that's our goal, always. And we try to make an environment where there's enough trust and support that it's not going to be terrifying for them to tell the truth. They need to know that you're not going to stop loving them no matter what decision they make.


Pop Tarts Suck Toasted lists 10 must see bands at CMJ this year.


The Quietus interviews Daniel Miller of Mute Records about the label's history.


On sale at Amazon MP3 for $4.99: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack The Twilight Saga: New Moon, featuring tracks by Bon Iver & St. Vincent, Thom Yorke, Grizzly Bear, Death Cab for Cutie, and others.


AOL Radio Blog lists the 10 best rock anthems.


WXPN's World Cafe shares a live session by singer-songwriter David Bazan.


Current contests at Largehearted Boy:

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


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