May 13, 2008
The Independent Film Channel's The Guest List is a blog featuring musicians and artists discussing politics.
The Associated Press examines US presidential candidate Barack Obama's unsolicited campaign songs.
John McCain and Hillary Clinton also have plenty of musical support in the first presidential election of the YouTube era. But from will.i.am's star-studded viral hit "Yes We Can" to amateur odes folk to Spanish-language tunes and even a Jamaican reggae tribute, Obama is the leader in what observers are calling a new form of political campaigning.
Slate examines "procrastination lit" (great novels about wasting time).
In the New Yorker, David Remnick lists the 100 essential jazz albums.
The Daily Post North Wales notes a Welsh college offering a degree in graphic novels.
“It enables students to specialise in writing and developing extended narratives (images and characters) for graphic novels through practical experience and detailed knowledge and techniques – opening the door to an exciting range of career opportunities,” Mr Berry added.
The Times Online profiles "the new J.K. Rowling," Stephanie Meyer.
Never heard of her? Well that's probably because you are not 13 and female. But you soon will. Although five million of her sales have been in the US, momentum is growing in Europe and with the release of a film of Twilight, the first book, scheduled for early next year, the books are expected to take off here. British bookshops are planning midnight openings on the day that the fourth book in the series is published in August.
“There’s no irony at all!” says drummer Trivett Wingo. And he’s serious, or at least as serious as Bruce Dickinson or Robert Plant or any of metal’s storied mythmakers has been. Although this Austin quartet have existed as the Sword only since 2003, they’ve shot to a lofty position in the metal hierarchy by sticking to the old-fashioned way of doing things: presenting, with a poker face, a 20-sided fret-burning obsession with Fantasy that has even the most wizened Gygaxians consulting their Monster Manuals.
The Los Angeles Times reviews the book.
"BRIGHT Shiny Morning" is a terrible book. One of the worst I've ever read. But you have to give James Frey credit for one thing: He's got chutzpah. Two and a half years after he was eviscerated by Oprah Winfrey for exaggerating many of the incidents in his now-discredited memoir "A Million Little Pieces," he's back with this book, which aims to be the big novel about Los Angeles, a panoramic look at the city that seeks to tell us who we are and how we live.
AlwaysWatching lists the five most powerful pre-murder dialogues in film.
Jazz24.org lists five classic jazz songs about baseball.
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