January 27, 2010
Mr. Knight’s new book, which has gotten a fair amount of attention, especially on National Public Radio, is full of streetwise profanity, side excursions into Islamic history and doctrinal disputes, and a kind of casual, hip erudition. Reading it is often a bit like coming into the middle of a long and impassioned monologue, one replete with Islamic terms and references that won’t be entirely clear to the uninitiated.
Bob Dylan will perform at the White House on February 10th in a live televised event.
PopMatters explores the world of LGBT comics.
Flavorwire collects book suggestions from comedians.
Though Attenberg admitted that the first draft of The Melting Series was a lot stranger—The Prick included “futuristic plastic surgery” and a group-masturbation-happy cult—she says she’s happy with the way The Melting Season could hit on similar themes in a more recognizable way (“I rewrote the book to save the penile implant,” she jokes). It’s a rich novel, one that begins as a road-trip yarn but then contains enough twists to form a complicated emotional journey.
Reading Copy Book Blog lists the top 10 books written by librarians.
The Scotsman lists the best Scottish bands of the decade.
Supervillain lists its comics of the decade.
On sale at Amazon MP3: Air's 10-track 2004 album Moon Safari for $1.99.
Flavorwire lists 5 great sites for bookish videos.
Music Like Dirt shares its top 200 tracks of 2009.
Freedarko.com analyzes the book selections of Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson for his players
The All Songs Considered blog contemplates how music will sound in 2510.
Austin City Limits now features video streams of full episodes.
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