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April 21, 2010

Shorties (Rufus Wainwright, Hilary Mantel,and more)

New York magazine profiles singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright.

The Telegraph reports that Hilary Mantel is the bookmaker's favorite to win this year's Orange Prize with her novel, Wolf Hall.

MTV reports that Phoenix is scoring the new Sofia Coppola film, Somewhere.

The Atlantic delves into Salman Rushdie's archives, both on paper and digital, at Emory University.

Author Jon McGregor shares a music playlist with Paper Cuts.

PopMatters interviews singer-songwriter Shelby Lynne about her new album, Tears, Lies, & Alibis.

The Guardian lists literature's top 10 absurd classics.

The Village Voice profiles comics legend Jaime Hernandez.

On sale at Amazon MP3: Charlotte Gainsbourg's latest 13-track album IRM for $3.99.

The Chicago Tribune interviews author, chef, and television celebrity Anthony Bourdain.

Den of Geek lists the 10 best songs in kids movies.

Flavorwire lists 40 better reasons to get excited about music than the 40 artists featured in this month's Rolling Stone.

NPR reviews and excerpts from The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg.

Eisenberg is tenacious. She finds her way into characters' lives slowly; her first story, "Days," took three years to write, and she worked on some in her 2007 collection, Twilight of the Superheroes, for more than a year each. The depressive perceptual acuity that results from all this effort is uniquely hers; to compare it is to reduce it, and yet at its best her lucid but rambling narrative melancholia recalls all at once the passion of Anita Brookner, the furious remove of Jean Rhys, the detached abstraction of David Foster Wallace, the deft compression of Alice Munro and, occasionally, the downbeat, absurdist humor of Lorrie Moore.

Win the new Willie Mays biography, Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend, and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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