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February 19, 2010

Shorties (Billy Bragg, J.G. Ballard, and more)

The Times Online profiles singer-songwriter Billy Bragg.

The mid-Nineties effectively saw Bragg retreat from view. While he filled his album Mr Love & Justice with tenderly turned love songs to his wife, he set out his political stall in a book. Part autobiography, part love letter to the Barking of his childhood, The Progressive Patriot sought to reconcile his own identity to a collective one in which he feels we need to take pride, lest a scenario ensue over here like the one in America, “in which people march for the right not to have free healthcare”.

The A.V. Club offers gateway books to the fiction of J.G. Ballard.

PopEater lists actors turned musicians.

The A.V. Club interviews Peter Straub about his new novel, A Dark Matter.

The Chicago Tribune profiles Clap Your Hands Say Yeah frontman Alec Ounsworth.

The Salem News interviews author Joe Hill about his new novel, Horns.

The New Statesman explains why singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom is a Joni Mitchell for the 21st century.

GalleyCat lists the best book reviewers on Twitter.

Topless Robot lists the 15 greatest science fiction-based pop/rock songs.

NPR reviews and excerpts from Don DeLillo's new novel, Point Omega.

FreakyTrigger is holding the Pop World Cup 2010, pitting pop songs from different countries against each other in a soccer World Cup format.

NPR's All Things Considered lists vampire books (its correspondent has read 75 in the past nine months).

WXPN's World Cafe features a live set by Midlake.

Spoon frontman Britt Daniel talks to the Guardian about the band's career.

Stream video of the Decemberists' December Sydney performance at Moshcam.

Win copies of Peter Straub's new novel A Dark Matter and Emma Straub's novella Fly-Over State in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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