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Friday, May 28, 2010
by PopMatters Staff

Emily St. John Mandel follows up her electric debut, Last Night in Montreal, with a spellbinding novel of international crime, false identities, the depths and limits of family ties, and the often confusing bonds of love. Taut with suspense, beautifully imagined, full of unexpected corners, desperate choices, betrayals and half truths with deadly consequences, The Singer’s Gun explores the dangerous territory between one’s moral compass and the heart’s desire.



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Thursday, May 20, 2010

On the day of this recording, Ian Fleming picked up Raymond Chandler at 11am, and already Chandler’s voice was “slurred with whiskey”. Undaunted, the creator of James Bond conducted a fascinating interview with the hard-boiled legend, which is available in four parts on YouTube.


Part 1 (of 4): Ian Fleming interviews Raymond Chandler for the BBC (note: the actual interview begins around 5:45)


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Monday, May 17, 2010

Do you ever lie awake at night, amongst a room cluttered with Black Flag, Misfits, and Samhain posters, wondering what it would be like if Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig were, you know, really close and intimate? Fortunately I’m not the only one because Tom Neely and alt-comix/art crew Igloo Tornado present Henry and Glenn Forever, a new mini-comic billed as “the love story to end all love stories.”


The book showcases 64 pages of Henry and Glenn as the sensitive and tender companions we have been hoping they were. Oh yeah, John Hall and Darryl Oates are Henry and Glenn’s satan-worshipping evil next-door neighbors. Henry and Glenn Forever is a Cantankerous Titles release available for purchase (only $4!) from Microcosm Publishing.


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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Boing Boing founder Cory Doctorow’s new YA novel, For the Win hit shelves in the US, UK, and Canada this week. A subversive cult classic in the making, FTW is about gold-farmers, workers who do repetitive work in video games such as World of Warcraft to earn valuable game items which are then sold on to the highest bidder.


Hear an excerpt of Doctorow reading the book here (podcast or mp3 link), or check out his 2004 gold farming story over on Salon.com.



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Friday, Apr 30, 2010

National Book Award winner, Neil Gaiman, has a new picture book this week. Instructions, illustrated by long-time Gaiman collaborator Charles Vess, is a splendiferous, practical guide to the fairy tale world, with much real-world wisdom to boot. Hear Gaiman read the whole story, and follow along with Vess’ gorgeous illustrations.


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