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by Katharine Wray

24 Sep 2009


Timothy Egan, author of The Worst Hard Time, releases his next work of nonfiction with The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America. Once again tackling the American West, Egan tells the story of the legendary forest fires that ripped through Washington, Idaho, and Montana on August 10, 1910. As park rangers fought these massive flames, President Roosevelt and United States Forest Service Chief Gifford Pinchot saved the land through the establishment of national parks.

Below is a video of the author reading the opening of The Big Burn (as part of an interview with Nick O’Connell, editor of The Writer’s Workshop Review). In just first few paragraphs, Egan paints a vivid, specific picture of the time of the fire, allowing the reader to empathize with this story from long ago.

The Big Burn releases October 6, 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

 

by Katharine Wray

24 Sep 2009


Mew just released a video for “Repeaterbeater”, the second single from their latest album, the frustratingly titled No more stories / Are told today / I’m sorry / They washed away / No more stories / The world is grey / I’m tired / Let’s wash away. It takes the band to an eerie Victorian mansion/ritzy old folks home to take some trippy drugs, or so it seems. The schizo-imagery paired with the haunting beats does well at keeping the viewers’ attention—a very nice follow-up to the weirdness of “Introducing Palace Players”, the first single off No More Stories.

 

by Katharine Wray

24 Sep 2009


Nick Hornby releases his latest novel, Juliet, Naked, on September 29. The standard Hornby ingredients are there, with a reclusive one-hit-wonder (or in this case, a one-album-wonder) raising a son, looking for love, and listening to pop music. High Fidelity meets About a Boy? Probably not. Writing what you know is the first rule or writing, or so they say. No matter how many times Hornby writes about himself, or at least his perspective, the story is always satisfying, funny and touching. Here Hornby talks about the autobiographical elements in his new novel.

by PopMatters Staff

24 Sep 2009


The legendary UK post-punk band Gang of Four recently played the Jools Holland stage. The band sounds amazingly contemporary playing a 1979 tune, perhaps not surprising since so many bands today clearly had a secret stash of Gang of Four records growing up.

by PopMatters Staff

24 Sep 2009


Arctic Monkeys played “Cornerstone” off their latest album, Humbug last night on Craig Ferguson. Emily Tartanella praised the “gorgeous balladry of ‘Cornerstone’ that feels like pure brilliance.”

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