June 17, 2012
I admit I was initially disappointed. But as a Bowie devotee, I necessarily listened to the album, nonstop, for several weeks. This was maybe my first attempt at digesting a really challenging work of art. Great art improves with repeated consideration. Mediocre art reveals itself. Pity the critic on a deadline, then. The reviews were inevitably mixed, which was unusual for Bowie — the darling of the '70's music press — but there had never been an album like "Low" before. The New Musical Express best-of-the-year list had Bowie's next album, “Heroes,” at No. 1 with "Low" down at No. 27. Today, pretty much all of us would flip them.
Weekend Edition gets summer reading suggestions form literary critics.
Lost in a Great Book recommends beach reads.
Guardian readers pick their favorite music biopic.
Congratulations to Sebastian Barry for winning the Walter Scott Literary Prize for Historical Fiction with his novel, On Canaan's Side.
The Independent lists the 10 best coffee table books.
Ubuweb's Sound archive is a vast repository of free and legal music and literary works to stream and/or download.
The Independent profiles author Chuck Palahniuk.
Now, he has brought out Invisible Monsters Remix, which takes us back to the spirit of the original – a director's cut. The reader is made to jump back and forth to different chapters rather than read in a linear way. This is, in its own way, a protest against any other form of electronic reading. "What I love about it is that it constantly reminds people that it's a physical book. It's a story that only a paper book can pull off."
BT: If you will, talk about the role of technology in music. It seems there is a give-and-take between accessibility and the amount of content listeners must pour through these days.
AO: I think we are lucky because we got there before the cutoff and – believe it or not – I guess we're a veteran band at this point. Things have changed so much since 2005 and the accessibility online is helpful to a degree. I just hope it doesn’t dumb people's opinions of music as a whole – it seems to be like fast food for a lot of people. Maybe that was the case in the past, but that’s me – I’m filled with worry (laughs). People seem to latch onto something and the next week they're onto something else and it's a little disconcerting. I grew up getting records. I embraced certain bands and projects that made sense to me and I held onto them for dear life. We've been lucky – we have a pretty solid and understanding fan base.
The Independent shares a "blagger's guide" to the best and worst fathers in literature.
William Gildea talks to Weekend Edition about his book The Longest Fight: In the Ring with Joe Gans, Boxing's First African American Champion.
On sale for $4.99 today at Amazon MP3: Bob Dylan's classic album Highway 61 Revisited.
Mark Shriver talks to Weekend Edition about his new book, A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver.
NPR recommends books "for a new kind of fatherhood."
Amazon MP3 has 100 digital albums on sale for $5.
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