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March 10, 2010

Shorties (David Foster Wallace, The Coathangers, and more)

The University of Texas has acquired the papers of author David Foster Wallace.

The San Antonio Current profiles the Coathangers.

Despite their back-alley beginnings, the group, in just three-and-a-half years’ time, has three 7-inch records, two full-length albums, and an uncanny knack for crafting a hook from chaotic noise. The Washington Times described their sound as “new-wave party punk,” but Coathangers songs earn comparisons to everything from Death From Above 1979 to Teenage Jesus & the Jerks to a more jaded, pissed-off Toni Basil. Onstage, they Betty Boop their way through subversive “Monster Mash”-able clap-clap odes to broken tambourines and Tonya Harding. They swap instruments. They all sing. They shoot Silly String. They bat balloons. They’re in on the joke.

The A.V. Club has launched its "A.V. Undercover" series, where 25 bands will cover 25 songs in the website's office.

The Guardian lists the top 10 talkative novels.

The Yorker lists the top 10 songs about footwear.

Codex is a new litblog at Impose, written by Deckfight's Josh Spilker.

Members of Local Natives share their favorite things with Pitchfork.

Time Out New York interviews Elif Batuman about her book, The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them.

The Possessed covers Russian authors, but I lost count of the Conan Doyle references. He’s clearly an important writer for you too.

Yes, definitely. A big part of my dissertation was about hero-narrator pairs like Boswell and Johnson, Onegin and Pushkin, Swann and Marcel, Nick and Gatsby…. Part of my story was that these kinds of narratives, especially Boswell’s Johnson, were always about relentless pursuit of the mystery of the human, so it’s fitting and beautiful that this narrative structure gave rise, with Holmes and Watson, to the first real detective stories.

Fork in the Road offers an Austin restaurant guide for SXSW attendees.

NPR's Morning Edition interviews singer-songwriter Patty Larkin about her new album 25.

DC Comics has made the first issue of The Losers comic available as a free PDF download in anticipation of the film adaptation's release on April 23rd.

NPR's All Songs Considered previews SXSW 2010.

The Morning News Tourament of Books kicked off yesterday with Colum McCann's Let the Great World Spin defeating Nami Mun's Miles from Nowhere.

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