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March 12, 2010

Shorties (Laura Veirs, Werner Herzog, and more)

The Seattle Times profiles singer-songwriter Laura Veirs.

"July Flame" is a moody masterpiece that fans of Neko Case, Yo La Tengo and Mirah will embrace as completely as fans of folk. Veirs' fingerpicking prowess and lyrical depth shine on her seventh full-length recording, named for a type of peach. It transports you directly to dreamy summer days and nights — getting "dizzy in the grass," watching firework ash fall into your lemonade.

The A.V. Club offers a primer to the films of Werner Herzog.

Kristin Hersh is publishing her new album as a book.

Global Times profiles one of my favorite cartoonists, Guy Delisle.

If you were ever lost in translation, Guy Delisle's series of graphic novels will find resonance with you. Delisle's alter ego is the typical outsider, with a curious eye and endearing empathy. His fish-out-of-water experiences reveal the cultural diversity and idiosyncrasies of his hosts, framed in black-and-white comics, with minimal dialogue and wry humor.

The Top 13 lists the top 13 novels about drugs.

Gibson interviews Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers about the band's new album, The Big To-Do and his guitars.

Curve lists the 10 most underrated lesbian books.

Booklist lists its top 10 graphic novels of 2010.

Bottomless Pit is sharing two new songs on the band's facebook page.

The Guardian shares the true story of Abdulrahman Zeitoun, the hero of Dave Eggers' latest novel.

At the Daily Beast, Elif Bautman lists her favorite alternative Russian classics.

The Guardian examines pop musicians who are incorporating classical poetry into their music.

NPR Music shares a playlist of songs for space travel.

NPR reviews Danielle Trussoni's new novel, Angelology, and also presents an excerpt.

Jewcy lists its 10 favorite Rick Rubin-produced albums.

Codex interviews Sam Lipsyte about his new novel, The Ask.

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