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June 26, 2010

Shorties (Indie Songs as Comic Books, Paul Weller, and more)

ComicsAlliance casts indie songs as comic books.

JamBase interviews Paul Weller about his new album, Wake Up the Nation.

Financial Times lists five memorable male mid-life crises in literature.

The Guardian interviews Colombian author Juan Gabriel vasquez.

The Rumpus interviews Jennifer Egan about her wonderful new novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad.

Dzanc Books lists its "20 writers to watch list."

Hi-Fi Weddings is a blog dedicated to weddings and music.

The Los Angeles Times examines the increasing interaction between the book industry and bloggers.

The Switchboard Sessions captures live performances by musicians over the telephone. The latest recording is by Frank Portman, author and member of the Mr. T Experience.

Chrissie Hynde visits Sound Opinions for an interview and in-studio performance.

Flavorwire lists the top 10 indie rock hissyfits.

The Guardian reviews Daniel Clowes' new graphic novel, Wilson.

Wilson's story – a strong one whose twists I'm loath to give away – is drawn in a variety of styles, from cartoon simplicity to sketchy portraiture. The different styles function as a Brechtian alienation effect, discouraging too much emphasis on the art, encouraging a bond with the tale. Although Clowes is a gifted caricaturist, he doesn't aim for the self-conscious mastery of pen or brush that makes individual panels by Robert Crumb, David B or Charles Burns suitable for art gallery display. Instead, the artfulness is in the choice of "camera angles" and – most crucially – the narrative rhythm.

Weekend Edition interviews Laurie Anderson about her new album, Homeland.

The Guardian lists 10 of the best beaches in literature.

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