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March 6, 2010

Shorties (Ian McEwan, Free NPR SXSW Sampler, and more)

Author Ian McEwan talks to the Guardian about his new novel, Solar.

"It's good to get your hands dirty a bit and to test how you see things at a given point. And it's very pleasing after writing something like Atonement or On Chesil Beach, which are historical, to get involved in some plausible re-enactment of the here and now. Maybe duty is too heavy a word for it. But it certainly becomes very attractive to bring a novel into the present."

NPR Music offers a free 11-track SXSW 2010 mp3 sampler.

Financial Times and the Times Online review the book.

The Los Angeles Times examines the increasing convergence between popular music and advertising.

The Wall Street Journal lists five great novels of ideas.

The Telegraph reviews Joanna Newsom's new album, Have One on Me.

She sounds like a cross between Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush, with a harp accompaniment. But that doesn’t begin to sum up her talent or her sheer oddity; and her third album Have One on Me is her most significant achievement yet.

NPR lists three "memoirs whose accounts of poverty do justice to both the integrity of their subjects and the extremity of their suffering..

The Los Angeles Times talks to authors about DIY book tours.

io9 lists films that shouldn't be remade, and makes suggestions of books to adapt instead.

NPR reviews Marilyn Johnson's new book, This Book Is Overdue: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All and also presents an excerpt.

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