September 18, 2009
The Guardian reports that Jay Farrar will record the third Mermaid Avenue collection of unreleased songs and lyrics written by Woody Guthrie. The first two albums in the series (Mermaid Avenue and Mermaid Avenue Vol. II were collaborations between Wilco and Billy Bragg).
The Oxford American interviews Barbara Kingsolver about the Bellwether Prize, an award she founded to promote literature of social justice by emerging writers in the United States.
THE OA: Do you think literary fiction has an obligation to contain a social component and why?
BK: I think writing a novel is a political act, automatically, because of the way it draws the reader into a carefully constructed worldview and generates empathy for the people who inhabit that world. I think the novelist's duty, then, is to own up to the power of the craft, and use it wisely.
The Telegraph interviews author Alexander McCall Smith about his forthcoming serial novel, The Dog Who Came in from the Cold.
The Millions offers a syllabus for anyone beginning to read Roberto Bolano.
The Telegraph examines J.R.R. Tolkein's secret World War II spy training.
Twones aggregates records of all your online music activity.
Guardian readers recommend songs about separation.
At Jacket Copy, Franklin Bruno weighs in on how music became an industry.
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