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June 11, 2011

Shorties (Bon Iver, Bob Mould's New Memoir, and more)

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon talks to the New Zealand Herald about his forthcoming self-titled album.

The Los Angeles Times reviews Bob Mould's new memoir, See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody.

The Boston Globe profiles Cults.

"...Cults has already been compared with other current boy-girl duos, from Sleigh Bells to Tennis. Cults doesn’t sound especially like either. For starters, no matter how featherweight and dance-minded the music often sounds, listen closely and you hear something more dark-hearted. On the album’s opening track, “Abducted,’’ they equate falling in love with the sensation of being kidnapped. On “Bad Things,’’ over samples of religious cult leaders preaching, Follin warns she’s going to run away and never come back."

The A.V. Club interviews cartoonist Joe Sacco.

The A.V. Club: You grew up reading comics and studied journalism in school, but the two disciplines had never been linked before. Was there a point for you when those parallel tracks converged?

JS: Well, there were points. I suppose I had already started a comics career, for lack of a better term—a career wasn’t exactly what it was at the time. I was doing comics like Yahoo, that series. I did a comic about touring with a rock band, and I did a comic about my mother’s experiences in World War II, and I would say that those two stories were the genesis of what later became comics journalism. I never came up with a theory about comics journalism. It’s just that I was interested in telling a historical story from someone’s perspective, and I was interested in going on an adventure and then writing about that adventure. Because I had studied journalism, perhaps some of that blood was coursing through my body. I suppose the real point when the two things came together, journalism and comics, was when I went to the Middle East and did the comic book series Palestine. But again, it was not thought out by me. I wasn’t sitting there thinking, “I’m going to come up with this genre that puts together my two great loves, comics and journalism.” I just happened to be doing autobiographical comics, like everyone else and their mother was in the 1980s. I thought I would do comics about my experiences, then go to the Middle East. But obviously the fact that it was the Middle East showed that I had some interest in what was going on in the world, current events, which is that journalism side of my brain operating.

Pop & Hiss reports that Martin Scorsese's George Harrison documentary will be released to theaters this year.

Scott Carney talks to All Things Considered about his new book, The Red Market.

The Huffington Post lists five bands that are reviving bluegrass music.

At The Olive Reader, author Greg Olear, author of the forthcoming novel Fathermucker, recommends 10 great Father's Day books.

Cracked lists authors and their hip hop equivalents.

The Nervous Breakdown interviews Cara Hoffman about her novel So Much Pretty.

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