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November 21, 2009

Shorties (Lou Barlow, Why Novelists Write Essays, and more)

Lou Barlow visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

In the Guardian, Zadie Smith examines the appeal of essay writing to novelists.

Perfect essays abound in this world – almost every one of Joan Didion's fits the category. Perfect novels, as we all know, are rarer than Halley's comet. And so, for a writer, composing an essay instead of a novel is like turning from staring into a filthy, unfathomable puddle to looking through a clear glass windowpane.

Crosscut profiles indie music label Mt. Fuji Records.

The Top 13 lists the top 13 concert films of all time.

The Wall Street Journal lists the five best fictional books about World war II.

The National Post reviews Hilary mantel's Booker Prize-winning novel, Wolf Hall.

Just Out offers a fall reading guide.

The New York Times profiles the indie music scene of Athens, Greece.

The New York Times profiles Dinner with the Band chef Sam Mason.

“Playing music onstage is like Halloween: you can be whoever you want up there,” Mr. Mason said recently over coffee near his apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. “This show is about taking musicians out of that comfort zone, putting them in a situation where they come out of their shells.”

A tongue in cheek glossary of book publishing terms.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reviews Michael Chabon's essay collection, Manhood for Amateurs.

His new book, Manhood for Amateurs, is a unique example of Chabon's immense gift as a builder of sentences, and his deep love for his characters. Except in this book, which is most a collection of his short essays written for Details magazine, Chabon's characters are the real people who surround him — his wife, fellow writer Ayelet Waldman, their four kids, his parents, his younger brother Steve (to whom the book is dedicated) and the vague sketches of past lovers and comrades.

The Nuns Are on the Sea Wall shares unreleased Lou Reed and Velvet Underground rarities and live shows.

Robot 6 interviews Larry Gonick, the cartoonist behind the four volume Cartoon History of the Universe.

The Oxford American's website features two blogs: Southern Girl and South Toward Home.

The Sacramento News & Review offers suggestions for winter reading.

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