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October 23, 2009

Shorties (Fargo Rock City Film, Philip Roth, and more)

Music Mix reports that Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn will co-write the film adaptation of Chuck Klosterman's book, Fargo Rock City.

The Wall Street Journal interviews venerable author Philip Roth.

True/Slant posts an unpublished interview with Nobel laureate author Naguib Mahfouz.

Deep Elm Records is selling 20 CDs for $23.99 ($29.99 outside the US).

The Los Angeles Times profiles the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (and the controversy that surrounds the institution). lists its top 10 albums from 2001.

The Huffington Post examines the positives and negatives of video trailers for books.

Glide interviews singer-songwriter Mike Doughty.

Musically, you've made both big and subtle changes over the years. Each time, it seems that fans and critics react strongly. Is that frustrating or encouraging or a little of both?

Generally what I find is that people like what I was doing two years ago. So right about the time I put out Golden Delicious, everybody was into Haughty Melodic and right about the time I put out Haughty Melodic everyone was really into Skittish. So it takes people a minute to catch up and unfortunately, I often react to them without being smart enough to realize that it's gonna take a minute for people to come around to whatever is new. I did this record mostly acoustic, because I think that's what my audience was looking for. I think they wanted more like the Skittish type vibe and I hope that I don't put it out to a lot of handwringing that I should've made another Golden Delicious.

The Boston Globe previews the Boston Book Festival.

What a perfectly momentous time to launch the Boston Book Festival. Three years in the making, the ambitious inaugural event arrives in a marketplace mired in recession, with Wal-Mart, Target, and Amazon locked in a price war and as the publishing industry faces head-on the turmoil and transition familiar to anyone whose livelihood involves that future relic called paper.

PopMatters interviews legendary film score composer Ennio Morricone.

The Guardian explores the latest literary fad, Twitterfiction.

SchoolGate lists the 30 books you should read before your Oxbridge interview.

According to the Guardian, REM and Pearl Jam have joined a campaign to close Guantanamo Bay.

NME reports of a disagreement among the Strokes about songs for the band's next album.

JWeekly and the Christian Science Monitor review Michael Chabon's new essay collection, Manhood for Amateurs.

Mashable lists 15 Twitter users who are changing the future of publishing.

Win one of five gift packs (including Josh Bazell's novel Beat the Reaper and a Brooklyn Industries t-shirt) in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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