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The Story Of Q-Tip

The Window & Day, a gentle new album by Dubliner Rhob Cunningham, recorded in Iceland with Valgeir Sigurðsson (Björk, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Feist, Damon Albarn).

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"A couple weeks after I said goodbye to him in Maine, he called me one night after midnight. It was unusual, but it turned out he was somewhat in extremis. He’d lost his keys, couldn’t get into his apartment and had lost his phone, too. It was storming heavily in New York. I could hear the periodic thunder over the phone as a kind of static. He was calling from the apartment of a friend, who’d taken him in and given him some soup and a bath. He said he had a story to tell. He had intended to say something about it in Maine but felt uncomfortable. Now, though, he decided that motives were irrelevant if the story needed telling."

Donald Antrim and the Art of Anxiety

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Nick Cave: 'The Creative Process Is An Altered State In Itself'

Pat Jordache - Radio Generation

This is the song tUnE-yArDs’ Merrill Garbus wants played at her funeral. How do I know? Because she told me so.

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"You cannot breathe. Because you do not know what is coming. You cannot breathe. Because this world is yours and it is not yours. You cannot breathe. Because you rest, because you strive, because you do not work. You cannot breathe. Because you let the world come between you and me. You cannot breathe. Because of an idea of the calm breath. You cannot breathe."

…an excerpt from The Asthmatic by Leonard Cohen

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How Stephen King Teaches Writing

A garage-infused mix by Dublin duo White Collar Boy, encompassing The #1’s, Deerhunter, Lotus Plaza, Beta Band, Gang of Four and Thee Oh Sees.

"Someone told me some secrets early on about living. You have to remind yourself that you can do the very best you can when you’re very, very relaxed. No matter what it is, no matter what your job is, the more relaxed you are, the better you are. That’s sort of why I got into acting. I realized that the more fun I had, the better I did it, and I thought, Well, that’s a job I can be proud of. I’d be proud to have that job, if I had to go to work and say, ‘No matter what my condition or what my mood is, no matter how I feel about what’s going on in my life, if I can relax myself and enjoy what I’m doing and have fun with it, then I can do my job really well.’ And it’s changed my life, learning that. And it’s made me better at what I do. I’m not the greatest or anything. But I really enjoy what I do."

7 Steps to Living a Bill Murray Life, by Bill Murray

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Fredo Viola - The Happening

This is quite a feat - and well-crafted. An uplifting, almost-a-cappella performance for La Blogotheque.