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B**ches in Bookstores

This video is wonderful, a parody of Kanye and Jay-Z’S “N**as in Paris,” but for the literary types.  You know, since Kanye (in his infinite wisdom) once said he would never want a book’s autograph…  Reading is cool, Kanye.


Madonna gets a comic book…

It’s been announced that Madonna’s life will be turned into a comic book.

Per Showbiz Spy —

“The highs and lows of the 52-year-old singer’s phenomenal career — which has spanned almost 30 years — will be encapsulated in a 32-page graphic novel produced by publishers Bluewater Productions Inc. as part of their Female Force series, which has previously featured the likes of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Sarah Palin and Barbara Walters.

“Our goal is to show the little-known events and influences that resulted in Madonna becoming the phenomenon she remains to this day, more than a quarter-century after she burst upon the scene,” said Jason Schultz, executive vice president of Bluewater.

“A visual medium provides perspective that is not only accessible but more relatable to the average person without losing any of the information involved.”

Penned by C.W. Cooke and drawn by Michael Johnson, the comic book is due for release in August.”

Thoughts? Personally, I think it could be interesting – Madge has always seemed a little more than human anyway…

The Crane Wives’ “Safe Ship, Harbored”

Happy Monday!

Normally, I don’t use this blog as a forum for my musical tastes.

I figure most of you don’t really care about my unabashed Britney Spears fandom, my New Pornographers crush, or my kinda encyclopedic Broadway cast recording knowledge.

This time, though, it’s personal.

The Crane Wives are a Michigan-based indie/folk ensemble, and they’re spectacular.  I would be saying this even if one of the band members (the lovely Kate Pillsbury) wasn’t my cousin.   The fact that she is makes it even cooler.  Their debut album – “Safe Ship, Harbored” – came out in May and it’s simply amazing.  I can’t stop listening to it, and the feedback they’ve been getting is huge.  Their folky style is reminiscent of The Decemberists, with stellar vocals and musicianship all over the place.

I’m officially unable to get the title track out of my head.

Also – Yes, I can totally make this book related.  The album contains a gorgeous track called “Caleb Trask,” which should ring a bell to any of you who’ve read John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden.”

Listen to the track below.

Check them out further, and download their album at