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February 4, 2010

Shorties (Don DeLillo, Andrew Bird, and more)

The New York Times profiles author Don DeLillo.

Honolulu Weekly interviews singer-songwriter Andrew Bird.

Eye Weekly interviews Magnetic Fields frontman Stephin Merritt about his new album, Realism.

People often attempt to read autobiography into Magnetic Fields’ lyrics. But you’ve said that you’re consistently writing in character.

Who are these people? Only journalists ever talk about autobiography with me — I wonder if it’s because journalists as a class want there to be some hook between the lyrics and biography because it makes it easier to write about. Music is like cooking; it’s not like autobiography. Everyone uses the same 500 ingredients. There are only about 500 edible things in the world and we only eat 100 of them in each culture, which we put together in various ways to make various foods. Each genre has a constriction of possibilities. With the exception of Ian Anderson in Jethro Tull, no one in heavy metal is going to play a flute.

The Chico News & Review profiles former Dead Milkmen frontman Joe Jack Talcum.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah frontman Alec Ounsworth talks to the Arizona Daily Star about his solo album, Mo Beauty.

Bookmunch interviews cartoonist/musician Zak Sally.

PopMatters interviews Owen Pallett about his new album, Heartland.

Today on KCRW's Bookworm, Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly discuss The TOON Treasury of Classic Children's Comics they edited.

The Brooklyn Rail reviews the excellent graphic novel Logicomix.

As a graphic novel, the book is a gem. Intricate, and compelling, it uses contemporary storytelling techniques to great effect. The central narrative, Russell’s biography, is framed twice. In the innermost frame, Russell has come to America to give a speech on “The Role of Logic in Human Affairs” and is beset by WWII protesters. Russell invites the protesters inside and begins his talk, assuring them that it is relevant to their anti-war concerns.

Coverspy blogs the books people are reading on the subways, streets, parks and bars of New York.

Page 300 lists its albums of the decade.

Impose discusses the effects of Pitchfork on music journalism.

WHYY's Fresh Air interviews Rebecca Skloot about her new book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and offers an excerpt.

KQED's The Writers' Block podcast features Patti Smith reading from her new memoir, Just Kids.

Flavorwire lists 10 albums from the '00s it would like to see performed in their entirety.

Win four Ox-Tales short story collections (that benefit Oxfam) in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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