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July 28, 2011

Shorties (Maurice Sendak, The Worst Ironic Indie Rock Band Names, and more)

At Vanity Fair, Dave Eggers profiles Maurice Sendak.

Sendak’s sense of humor is pitch-black and ribald, though this fact, and the baroque essence of his work, is often lost on readers now that his books have become canonical. "A woman came up to me the other day and said, 'You're the kiddie-book man!' I wanted to kill her." He hates to be thought of as safe or his work as classic, and he won't tolerate overpraise. "My work is not great, but it’s respectable. I have no false illusions."

West Coast Sound lists the five worst ironic indie rock band names, besides Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

The Detroit Free Press interviews Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard.

Female First lists the top 10 films based on classic children's literature.

Gigwise recounts the making of the Strokes album Is This It.

PopMatters interviews Grant Morrison about his new book, Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human.

View the trailer for the documentary Pearl Jam Twenty.

Bookworm interviews Sapphire about her new novel, The Kid.

You're So Post-Post-Rock Right Now interviews singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens.

PWxyz lists the United States of Writers.

Rhino will release a limited edition Smiths box set featuring remastered versions of the band's eight albums and 25 singles.

Ken Stringfellow visits The Current studio for a live performance and interview.

The Independent lists the 10 best music memoirs.

A Blog Supreme lists five classic pop-rock singles that feature notable jazz artists.

Author Jessica Anya Blau shares her writing space at Write Place, Write Time.

tUnE-yArDs visits KCRW for a live performance.

NPR recommends five recently published food memoirs.

The periodic table of heavy metals.

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Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
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