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June 24, 2010

Shorties (The New Pornographers, David Mamet's Graphic Novel, and more)

The Washington City Paper interviews Carl Newman of the New Pornographers.

NPR is streaming last night's New Pornographers performance.

At Comic Book Resources, comics writer Brian Michael Bendis interviews playwright David Mamet about Mamet's new graphic novel, Trials of Roderick Spode ("The Human Ant").

Artrocker interviews Les Savy Fav bassist (and owner of Frenchkiss Records) Syd Butler.

The Huffington Post lists the top 10 women adventurers in literature.

The Colorado Springs Independent interviews Wilco guitarist Nels Cline.

The New York Observer bemoans the current state of fiction.

A great novel, one that is for the ages, can still be written. Memorable stories, long and short, continue to be created. Without a doubt, the next male or female Hemingway, Faulkner or Fitzgerald is out there somewhere, hard at work. But with the exception of a few ambitious-and obsessively competitive-fiction writers and their agents and editors, no one goes to a current novel or story for the ineffable private and public clarity fiction once provided.

LAist interviews Josh Ritter about his new album, So Runs the World Away.

The title of your album comes from Hamlet. What led you to pick that quote in particular?

Choosing a title is a mysterious process. They seem to come along once you've had a month or two to digest the material and see what the album is really about. The title seemed to encompass so much, whether it was worlds turning in "Orbital," or people getting plowed over by the world in "Folk Bloodbath." It just fit.

Vanity Fair and Time both examine genesis of the feud between Lady Gaga and Jerry Seinfeld.

Underwire lists the best album covers of all time.

On sale at Amazon MP3: Shout Out Louds' 11-track Work album for $3.99.

The Jayhawks visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Tegan and Sara's Sara Quin talks books with American Songwriter.

Who are some authors that you admire?

Probably in the last few years, some of the books that I’ve cherished the most would be Richard ford – I think one of my favorite books ever is Independence Day – I really love Michael Schiavone. I really like Jonathan Franzen. I like Jonathan Lethem, who wrote, Fortress of Solitude. He has a collection of essays that I carry around like a beaten up copy called The Disappointment Artist, which is about his own sort of deconstruction of his artist-self and his parents, and how they influenced how he became an artist. I really love nonfiction. I love graphic novels. In the last maybe three of four years, I've been accumulating quite a big collection. I love Chris Ware, and I love Alison Bechdel, who did a really amazing comic strip in the 80's, called Dykes To Watch Out For. And I think that it’s really interesting, cause it was obviously into the very specific audience. And then she wrote a really fantastic memoir a couple of years ago called Fun Home. That one and Persepolis – those two books really pushed graphic novels into the mainstream And those two women are both really amazing and inspiring. I love like really, really melancholy story-telling people that talk about families, and their lives.

FACT lists the best albums from the second quarter of 2010.

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

The Independent wonders if music festivals have become too costly.

Three Monkeys Online lists five books to get you through the World Cup.

NPR Music now has its own iPhone app.

Win a copy of Bret Easton Ellis's new novel, Imperial Bedrooms and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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