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October 4, 2009

Shorties (Brian Eno, Nick Hornby, and more)

Minnesota Public Radio interviews Brian Eno.

The Toronto Star reviews Nick Hornby's new novel, Juliet, Naked.

Refurbished Kindles (Amazon's e-book reading devices) on sale at Amazon: 1st generation Kindle for $149.99, 2nd generation 6" Kindle for $219.99.

The Dumbing of America interviews Dave Allen (Gang of Four, the music blog Pampelmoose).

Lala has many of Pitchfork's top 200 albums of the 2000s on sale.

The New York Times ponders, "Will books be Napsterized"?

At the Telegraph, Michael Prodger discusses his experience as a Booker Prize judge.

The Observer reviews John Banville's new novel, The Infinities.

The gods in Banville's novel envy their creation, and are particularly baffled by love, and the way human beings "somehow became free to forgive each other for all they are not". Readers may find Hermes's narration easier to take than the appearance of Pan in the form of a fat bald man with a "pendulous bag of grey, froggy flesh under his chin".

Creative Destruction explains why music still needs the underground.

Author Neil Gaiman talks to the Toledo Blade.

"Coming up with something like The Graveyard Book, when I started writing it with a man holding a wet knife walking around a dark house, having disposed of three out of four members of the family, and on his way up the stairs to take out the baby, there's definitely part of me going 'is this appropriate for a children's book?' and I really have no idea. But it's definitely what happens in the story and it's where it begins. And I better trust the story. And I'm lucky that children and eventually the Newbury award committee trusted it too."

The Observer reviews The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest by Stieg Larsson.

I cannot think of another modern writer who so successfully turns his politics away from a preachy manifesto and into a dynamic narrative device. Larsson's hatred of injustice will drive readers across the world through a three-volume novel and leave them regretting reaching the final page; and regretting, even more, the early death of a master storyteller just as he was entering his prime.

The Portland Mercury interviews members of Starf**ker about the band's forthcoming name change.

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