1. I’ve been worried about HBO ever since Sopranos went away (and Flight of the Conchords has done nothing to assauge my concerns). But I like their new mini-series John Adams, based on the book by David McCullough. Paul Giamatti does a great job of inhabiting the main role. Episode 2 is especially enjoyable since it features all the scenes and characters from 1776, but without the songs.
2. I’m going to be in a panel discussion on literature and blogging at the New York Round Table Witers Conference on Friday, April 11. Other panelists include Carol Fitzgerald, Michael Orthofer, Ed Champion and Mary Delli Santi. Should be good …
3. Protest singer Billy Bragg says musicians should share in the take when a social networking site they use gets paid. Michael Arrington of TechCrunch doesn’t see it that way, but then Nick at Rough Type doesn’t quite see it that way either. You make the call.
4. I don’t usually recommend song downloads, so you know something’s up when I tell you to check out Phideaux Xavier’s music at Bloodfish, his label. If edgy prog rock with lush instrumentation and powerful psychological lyrics sounds like your thing, don’t miss this talented artist. You can go directly to his downloads page (I particularly recommend the tracks “Fragment” and “Everynight”). I listen to these over and over and I think you will too.
5. The new Bookforum is out and it’s all online.