October 5, 2011
The Guardian profiles author Flann O'Brien.
His writing was so innovative that it couldn't be comfortably processed by the culture of its creation. It's different now; his works chime better with our sensibilities. You could easily imagine the novels, or the Myles na Gopaleen newspaper columns, being written today. There's a familiar sarcasm and cynicism, a controlled absurdity, an awareness of the ridiculousness and power of the media; and of course, that maelstrom of self-reflexive gags and delirious punning and bookish allusions and cultural riffs.
Not surprisingly, the quartet’s sprawling sophomore effort, Nothing Is Wrong, was written mostly from the road, and it very much feels like a band on the move. Like its predecessor, the tracks vary between full-blown country rock and twangy, Laurel Canyon-imbued folk, each colored by a mix of fat, punching drum work, parlor-style pianos, whirling analog organ tones, and sing-along-ready harmonies that call to mind ’60s greats like Crosby, Stills and Nash and Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Jay Rubin talks to CNNGo about translating the works of Haruki Murakami.
Salon discusses the disappointment of hypertext novels.
The Power of Independent Trucking has unearthed a 1981 R.E.M. demo cassette.
Chuck Klosterman's second novel, The Visible Man, is an example of elegant notebook-to-novel translating. Love him or hate him, Klosterman's stoner-genius extemporizing is unmatched, and here he offers theories on everything from why Facebook caught on with adults to why North America has more crazy people than the population of every other industrialized nation combined. But The Visible Man isn't just an occasion for Klosterman to rant and flaunt; his book's complicated premise forces some of the biggest epistemological questions to the plot's surface. Its revelations are the sort you make when you're tipsy, mentally polish on the cab ride home, and wake up in the morning to discover they're still pretty damn good.
CNN interviews Klosterman about the book.
Monkey See reviews Sarah Wendell's new book, Everything I Know About Love I Learned from Romance Novels.
NPR offers concert downloads and streams from the recent All Tomorrow's Parties music festival.
Amazon MP3 has 100 digital albums on sale for $5.
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