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May 8, 2011

Shorties (Kate Bush, Harry Potter Comics, and more)

Kate Bush talks to the Irish Times about her forthcoming album of new music.

Cartoonist Lucy Kinsley has adapted the Harry Potter series to comic form.

Crain's New York Business reports that Who guitarist Pete Townshend is shopping his memoir.

In the Guardian, Ursula K Le Guin reviews China Mieville's new novel, Embassytown.

China Mieville knows what kind of novel he's writing, calls it by its name, science fiction, and exhibits all the virtues that make it an intensely interesting form of literature. It's a joy to find this young author coming into his own, and bringing the craft of science fiction out of the backwaters where it's been caught lately between the regressive drag of publishers marketing to a "safe" readership and the bewildering promises of change and growth offered by postmodernism in all its forms and formlessness. Embassytown is a fully achieved work of art.

The Boston Globe offers a history of the reunited Cars.

In the Observer, Robert McCrum examines the effect of multimedia on literary storytelling.

New West lists four unforgettable western women writers.

Sufjan Stevens talks to the Observer about his latest music.

"It's very hormonal, a lot of this stuff feels like a second puberty," he continues. "It's way more self-obsessed and leans towards masochism and solipsism and paranoia and anxiety. I'm a very self-conscious person, I think we all are, but I'm especially not very comfortable in my body. I always feel really weird and awkward on the street or on the stage. It has nothing to do with circumstances, it's just an ongoing psychological state, like white noise."

Author Patrick Somerville recounts his college experience at e-Annotations.

Weekend Edition profiles blues legend Robert Johnson.

At 21C, Blake Butler interviews Joshua Cohen about his novel Witz.

Rob Lowe talks to Weekend Edition about his new memoir, Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography.

FACT is streaming several songs from the new Blank Dogs album, Collected by Itself.

Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor shares a playlist of his favorite current songs with the Observer.

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