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by PopMatters Staff

28 Jan 2009

Adrien Begrand tapped young Swedish singer Lykke Li as the very vest of the by:Larm 2008 festival in Norway, tapping her as by:Larm’s “It Girl” and “a star in the making”. In further praise, Begrand called her 2008 release, Youth Novelsone of the finest debuts of the year... classy, fun, sensual, and more grown-up than you’d expect, it’s the kind of confident debut that puts the Kate Nashes of the world to shame”. Her new video, “Tonight”, is a bonus track on US versions of that fine debut.

by Zeth Lundy

28 Jan 2009

The silly red hat: it’s back. At first, when I see Elvis Costello wearing that questionable fashion choice once again atop his head while performing (an abridged) “All This Useless Beauty” at the start of tonight’s episode of Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… (airing Wednesdays at 9pm EST/PST on the Sundance Channel), I conclude that he must dust the thing off each time a devotee of opera appears on the show. Tonight’s guest, after all, is American soprano Renée Fleming. Alas, my conclusion is premature: halfway through the episode, Costello introduces, as a surprise guest, Rufus Wainwright, who appears wearing the same outfit from his previous episode. This episode, then, was taped on the same day, perhaps the only day that hat made it out from some whimsical closet and into public.

by PopMatters Staff

28 Jan 2009

Writing about Cool Kids’ 2008 release, The Bake Sale EP, Jordan Sargent said the Chicago duo “love the ‘80s, so they dress the part, beepers and gold ropes included, and offer an impressive mix of carefree rhymes, silvery flow, and rumbling beats”. Now on tap is the first video from their upcoming release, When Fish Ride Bicycles, directed by GL Joe.

by PopMatters Staff

28 Jan 2009

PopMatters’ James Bassett raved about the recent live Justice album, A Cross the Universe, calling it “stunning accompaniment to one of the world’s premiere live shows”. This recent video gives a glimpse of just how frenetic those shows really are.

by Nikki Tranter

28 Jan 2009

Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman is the creator of the popular, award-winning Tess Monaghan novel series. Laura was a reported for many years at the Baltimore Sun, following on from her father, respected Sun journalist, Theo Lippman. Jr. Her latest book is a collection of short stories entitled Hardly Knew Her. Laura also recently contributed to the Poe anthology, In the Shadow of the Master: Classic Tales by Edgar Allan Poe and Essays. edited by Michael Connelly.

Laura Lippman is today’s Re:Print Special Guest, here to answer another Five Questions About Edgar Allan Poe.

Describe your first Poe experience.
I think it was in a Classic Comic! The Gold Bug. But it got me to look up the real thing.

What would you consider Poe’s greatest work, and why?
That’s tough because I haven’t read everything. But while I owe my career to his fiction, if I had to read just one facet of Poe’s work, it would probably be his poetry. It’s quite beautiful.

Hardly Knew HerAuthor: Laura LippmanHarperCollinsOctober 2008, 304 pages, $23.95

Hardly Knew Her
Author: Laura Lippman
HarperCollins
October 2008, 304 pages, $23.95

How has Poe’s work shaped you as a reader/writer?
All crime writers owe Poe a debt. Granted, if he hadn’t “invented” the modern-day detective story, perhaps someone else would have. But he did, and every mystery writer follows in his footsteps.

Which of your own works owes the largest debt to Poe and why?
Easy as A-B-C is an out and out homage to Poe, a modern-day version of The Cask of Amontillado.

If you were hosting the celebrations for Poe’s big day, how would have your guests celebrate?
I would cancel the party and ask my guests to make a donations to a nonprofit that supports the arts and young writers. Poe struggled so to make a living. Those writers who really want to honor his memory should make sure they are helping other writers. On Poe’s birthday, in fact, I’ll be teaching at a writers workshop.

Laura Lippman is online here.

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