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June 19, 2011

Shorties (Daniel Kehlmann, Chad VanGaalen, and more)

The Observer interviews author Daniel Kehlmann about literature in translation.

The Boston Globe profiles singer-songwriter Chad VanGaalen.

Visuals aside, his new album is his most cohesive and approachable work yet. After something of a detour with 2008's more low-key, acoustic "Soft Airplane," VanGaalen is back to his lo-fi rock roots on "Diaper Island." The title is meant to both gross you out and make you reflect on the enormous amount of waste we produce every year. "It's a little bit angsty as far as taking for granted the environment," VanGaalen says of the album's central theme.

Updates to the 2011 Bonnaroo downloads and streams page include video of the Chiddy Bang and Neon Trees performances and mp3s of Sound Tribe Sector 9's set.

Indie Wire reports that Michael Chabon will write the screenplay for Jon Favreau's upcoming Disney film, The Magic Kingdom.

Sound of the City interviews Yeasayer's Chris Keating.

HTMLGIANT interviews Eileen Myles about experimental literature.

Pop & Hiss lists its favorite albums of 2011 (so far).

At the Guardian, writers recall their most memorable summer reads.

RIP saxophonist Clarence Clemons.

The Oregonian interviews poet Gary Snyder about his influences.

Author Junot Diaz shares his summer reading list with The Book Bench.

Cover Me shares a collection of covers of the Smiths' "The Queen Is Dead."

The Nervous Breakdown interviews author Mary Gaitskill.

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Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's new comics & graphic novels)
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Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's new books)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists

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