A while back I posted about the new Sufjan album, The Avalanche. Now you can stream roughly half of it from the Asthmatic Kitty website. It comes in two chunks (episode one and episode two), via Quicktime. Being that Illinois is one of my favorite records ever — yes, ever — my expectations were through the roof. But after listening to The Avalanche all day, I’m convinced it’s on par with Illinois. Listen for yourself, and let me know what you think.
- Harper Lee has written a letter for Oprah’s O magazine. Since she published To Kill a Mockingbird in 1960, she has only published one piece of writing, a book review in 1983 — so this is a big deal.
- Americans don’t have as many close friends as they used to, and some people think the Internet is to blame. Providing a brilliant analysis, a Duke professor said: “This change indicates something that’s not good for our society.”
- In a classic case of the table now being on the other foot, a man from Jacksonville was robbed by two teenage girls he met on MySpace. He was hoping to meet “Natalia,” (“…her profile showed sexy photos, and a blurb which said ‘just lookin’ for something fun'”) and instead met two little girls with guns. Oh, the dangers of MySpace.
- Congressman Peter King thinks the New York Times should be investigated for treason. Concerning the Times’ Sunday cover story, which uncovered that the CIA was investigating bank transactions in its search for terrorist, King said: “We’re at war, and for the Times to release information about secret operations and methods is treasonous.”
J.K. Rowling gave a rare interview yesterday, and we learned that she is “well into” the seventh book — and that she’s going to “kill off two characters who she ‘did not intend to die'”. This should give my brother and I something to think about for the next year. Read this:
When asked about the fate of Harry Potter himself, Rowling said cryptically, “I have never been tempted to kill him off before the final [book] because I’ve always planned seven books, and I want to finish on seven books.”
I think: yes, Harry dies.
The Summer Issue of New York Magazine features an interview and photo shoot with Woody Allen and Scarlett Johansson — the latter staring in the former’s Scoop, which comes out at the end of July. The photo is great:
Fortunately, Woody is not Scarlett’s love interest — although those corduroy trousers are superb.
Of course, part of their shtick is that the two compliment each other to the point of absurdity. Allen, film’s most famous atheist, has even said Scarlett was “touched by God.” So has Scarlett made Woody a believer?
“I can only quote myself from the movie Manhattan,” he says. “Scarlett is God’s answer to Job. God would say, ‘I’ve created a terrifying and horrible universe, but I can also make one of these, so stop complaining.’ ”