January 18, 2010
CNNGo reports that an English translation of Haruki Murakami's Pinball, 1973 novel is back in print.
Now that the prices have come back down to the earth, we can appreciate "Pinball, 1973" for its literary value rather than its exchange value. The novel is important within the Murakami oeuvre in that it sets up the distance between the protagonist and 'the Rat,' which is key to understanding "A Wild Sheep Chase." Also, the novel's structure of two-separate-stories-in-one-narrative is repeated later in "Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World."
Chunklet is auctioning items this week to aid Haitian earthquake relief efforts, including vinyl test pressings by Ted Leo, the Black Lips and more..
The New Yorker features a new short story by E.O. Wilson.
The Chicago Sun-Times profiles Pravda Records.
Indeed, over the last quarter century, Pravda has issued outstanding discs by the experimental art-rockers Cheer-Accident, psychotic pop terrorists the C*nts, ethereal violinist Susan Voelz, Italian blues-rockers the Black Smokers and the solo debut by Feelies band leader Glenn Mercer, to name just a few. Even more stylistically diverse have been the live albums issued under the Bughouse subsidiary: gonzo documents of Hasil Adkins, Tiny Tim, Cordell Jackson and the Legendary Stardust Cowboy. But its bestseller remains the first of three volumes of its "Star Powered Explosive Dynamic Super Fantastic Rockin' Mega Smash Hit Explosions," its original tribute to the K-Tel compilations of the '70s released in 1994.
GM: How did you come up with the phrase written on the face of your own banjo?
PS: I made it up. Woody [Woody Guthrie, author of “So Long, It’s Been Good to Know Yuh” and “This Land is Your Land”] had on his guitar: “This machine kills fascists” in World War II. And after World War II, he kept it on, and we said, “Woody, Hitler is dead. Mussolini is dead. Take the sign off.” He said, “These fascists come along every time the rich people get the generals to help them stay in control.” I wanted to have something a little more peaceful: “This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.” While it’s true, there are still people in the world that hate, small groups here and small groups there…and the stupid scientists invented horrible things that they can do if they get the right weapons.
The Telegraph points out a Google Street View photo of Coyne in a bathtub.
ComicMix lists its best comics of the decade.
The Guardian examines the epidemic of book pirating in Peru via a photo essay.
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