January 11, 2010
Jeph Jacques, the cartoonist behind the webcomic Questionable Content, lists more "bands as people."
Radiohead is the girl who was absolutely stunning back in college and you pretend you don't still have a crush on her but every time she comes in to Starbucks your heart skips a beat.
On sale at Amazon MP3: Vampire Weekend's new 10-track album Contra for $3.99.
The Boston Globe reviews the album.
“Contra" is a different breed - and a superior one, too. Where "Vampire Weekend" was exalted (and derided) for its carefree exuberance and cross-cultural mash-ups, the New York band’s sophomore release gives us more to think about besides comparisons to Paul Simon’s “Graceland.’’
This past weekend's final updates to the year-end and end-of-decade book and music lists included:
The Standard lists five superhero songs.
The New Yorker features a new short story by T. Coraghessan Boyle, "A Death in Kitchawank."
This week Five Chapters is serializing a new short story by Doug Dorst.
The Rambler points out 5 new music blogs you should subscribe to now.
“The Melting Season” by Jami Attenberg (January). Attenberg is a brave, honest writer with scary talent, and this novel about a young woman heading west to escape a failing marriage and a small town is her best yet.
At the Barnes & Noble Review, music critic Robert Christgau lists his best albums of 2009.
Justine Larbalestier discusses the importance of book cover design.
Publishing Perspectives examines why more foreign writers aren't published in the United States.
HTMLGIANT is kicking off Live Giants, its online reading series, on Thursday, January 28th with author Heather Christie.
My "best of 2009" lists:
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