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April 8, 2010

Shorties (Superchunk, Christopher Moore, and more)

Mac McCaughan talks to Spinner about the forthcoming Superchunk album.

"Since we're still working on it, I feel like I haven't been able to really listen to the whole thing all at once yet," McCaughan tells Spinner. "But I'd say that it's definitely more straightforward than the last record, [2001's] 'Here's To Shutting Up,' and more along the lines of [2009's] 'Leaves In The Gutter' EP."

Talk of the Nation interviews Christopher Moore, and offers an excerpt from his new novel, Bite Me: A Love Story.

The New York Times T magazine interviews singer-songwriter Laura Marling.

Newsweek ponders the future of the Library of America.

In the last couple of years, as John Cheever, John Ashbery and Raymond Carver got their own volumes, it became clear that the LOA wasn't going to wait any longer for time's verdict. It was almost like the production schedule was dictating the editorial decisions. Hurry up, we've got to have some more great writers for the fall list! But the inclusion of those authors never raised critical eyebrows (perhaps they should've—taken a good look at all of Cheever lately? Not pretty). Nor did the more interesting editorial choices of the past few years—Nathaniel West, Powell. But Shirley Jackson? Not a bad writer, but her inclusion seems so random, haphazard.

The Aquarian Weekly interviews Ben Knox Miller of the Low Anthem.

Flavorwire lists 10 songs for English majors and other word nerds.

Lydia Millet is this week's featured author at Bite-Size Edits.

In the Kansas City Star, local female musicians discuss the state of women in music.

KCRW's Bookworm interviews Adam Haslett today about his novel, Union Atlantic.

PopMatters interviews Peter Silberman of the Antlers.

NPR's All Things Considered profiles Florence and the Machine.

Under the Radar interviews John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats.

You could have made it as a prose writer?

I do write prose. I had one book that came out a couple of years ago and working on my second one. But I have to say writing songs, for a writer, is a perfect thing if you have the need that a lot of writers have [which is] to see whether people like what you’re doing. Songs you can find out pretty quick in front of an audience, but with a book you labour for a long time, they’re getting ready for press, and then you have to wait to hear about reviews. With a song, you can tell just by looking at them whether it’s registering. It’s a very raw gratification form of writing.

Caribou is streaming its new album, Swim (out April 20th), in its entirety on the band's MySpace page.

Engadget explores comics and book iPad apps.

Mick Jackson talks to the Guardian about his novel, The Widow's Tale.

Beach House visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

FiveBooks gets expert's lists of the five best books in their area of expertise.

On sale at Amazon MP3: Cary Brothers' new 12-track Who You Are album for $3.99.

The Brooklyn Rail reviews Andrea Scrima's innovative new novel, A Lesser Day.

Painter, Installation Artist, Writer, Andrea Scrima has written a work of fiction. Dreamlike Marquezian sequences float and weave through the eyes of a woman in the wake of her father’s death, the shadow of her mother’s passing. Between Brooklyn, the Village, the LES, two sides of Berlin the narrator navigates her path in paint, filtering life toward some sort of clarity, forging away from confusion.

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