January 28, 2011
Over the course of a career filled with flashes and feints, Destroyer's Dan Bejar has established himself as one of the best, and most reluctant, lyricists in rock. His songs are almost always searching and grand, restless in pursuit of elusive truths. He makes a powerful case for the use of words like "sublimation" and "hitherto" in popular music. His subject matter, however, tends towards the deflated, the hopeless, the bleak - states of malaise that would seem to call into question the entire enterprise of songwriting itself.
Flavorwire lists 59 things you didn't know about Virginia Woolf.
Yesterday's final update to the online "best books of 2010" lists included The Utne Reader's books of the year, About.com's best poetry books, the PopMatters' best fiction and nonfiction books, and more.
Pop & Hiss gathers musician reactions to the passing of Charlie Louvin.
The Washington Times interviews music manager Emily White.
John Lydon talks to Pop & Hiss about his current projects (musical and otherwise).
My own "best of 2010" book & music lists:
Coming later this month: my favorite free and legal mp3 downloads and favorite debut novels of the year.
also at Largehearted Boy:
previous Shorties posts (daily links from the worlds of music, literature, and pop culture)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's comics & graphic novel releases)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's book releases)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists