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October 24, 2010

Shorties (Keith Richards, James Ellroy, and more)

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards talks to the New York Times about writing his memoir, Life.

"It's the most difficult thing I've ever done," he says about the book. "I'd rather make 10 records."

The Observer interviews author James Ellroy.

"I have no knowledge of any other contemporary novelists because I don't read. I stopped reading in my 30s. The novelists of the past I most respect are Joseph Wambaugh, the Los Angeles policeman turned novelist, and Dashiell Hammett."

The Seattle Times excerpts from Nancy Pearl's new book, Book Lust To Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers.

Austinist interviews Thermals frontman Hutch Harris.

The Boston Globe interviews Kristin Hersh about writing her memoir, Rat Girl.

At Need to Know, interpreter Anne McLean recommends Spanish language literature beyond the novels of Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa.

On sale for $3.68 at Amazon MP3: Roxy Music's Country Life album.

Gary Golio talks to Weekend Edition about his new children's book, Jimi Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix.

The Observer excerpts from Randy L. Schmidt's new book, Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter.

All Things Considered profiles School of Seven Bells.

Lucid dreaming takes the idea of visions during sleep to a completely different level. The idea that one can control every aspect — from events, to surroundings, to colors — of a dream can seem impossible to some. But for School of Seven Bells, it's a reality.

The concept has long inspired the band, whose dense thicket of guitar drones, shimmering keyboards, silky vocals and opaque lyrics draw the listener into an obscure dream world.

The Observer profiles the comic series, The 99, which features Muslim superheroes and soon will appear in a crossover with DC Comics.

Even if you deliberately set out to try to dream up the least probable superhero ever, it's unlikely that you'd manage to come up with a character as far-fetched as Batina the Hidden. Forget Wonder Worm, or a man born with the powers of a newt, Batina is a superhero of a kind the world hasn't until now seen. It's not just that she's a Muslim woman, from a country best known for harbouring al-Qaida operatives – Yemen – but that she wears an altogether new kind of super-person costume: a burqa.

The New York Times examines the recent proliferation of popular music festivals in China.

Win 14 graphic novels from Top Shelf Comix in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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