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March 19, 2010

Shorties (Daniel Johnston Biopic, Phoenix, and more)

In an interview with Pedestrian.TV, filmmaker David Jordan Miller discusses his Daniel Johnston biopic.

How are you going to portray older Daniel Johnston?

That's a really good question. We're either putting Gabriel in a fat suit or there's so many people that are reaching out that are huge Daniel Johnston fans. Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly for example, Johnny Depp's a big Daniel Johnston fan though we'd like him to play the older brother. But we haven't really arrived at that yet - we're just in the scripting process at the moment but once we get the script finished we'll be able to get a better handle on what the budget will be.

The London Evening Standard profiles Phoenix.

“We don't try to make sense,” says Mars, who sings the catchy tunes in impeccable English with a West Coast accent. “In lyrics, we end up deleting everything that makes too much sense. [Our songs] are the opposite of a message, they are cryptic.”

The Varsity lists 10 albums inspired by Alice in Wonderland.

The Guardian lists the top 10 wicked clerics i literature.

Skylight Books shares a music playlist to enjoy while reading David Foster Wallace's novel Infinite Jest.

Library Journal lists graphic novels for reluctant readers of all ages.

NPR's All Things Considered and PopMatters remember Alex Chilton.

Entertainment Weekly's Music Mix gathers reactions from Craig Finn, Paul Westerberg, and Patterson Hood to Chilton's death.

Jacket Copy reports that Joe Sacco's graphic novel, Footnotes in Gaza has won the Ridehour Prize.

John Parish discusses his score for the film She, a Chinese with Drowned in Sound.

Read Parish's Largehearted Boy Soundtracked essay about the soundtrack.

NPR reviews and excerpts from Lionel Shriver's new novel, So Much for That.

Win a $100 Threadless gift certificate (plus assorted books & CDs) in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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