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Vulture has an interesting article on Grizzly Bear, which is, in a way, about making money from music: The band’s hesitant to talk about money at all. And after I talk to solo artist and former Hold Steady sideman Franz Nicolay about the rigors of his...

Zhou readily conceded his friend Wang had something of a "hero complex", constantly performing as if his life was a blockbuster film. Wang, a fan of spy movies, made a show of being reluctant to eat food from unknown sources, because of a fear of being...

Down to four chapters of the book left to write. Each chapter is around ten thousand words in length and takes around two weeks to do. There is an ugly rough draft that I mostly ignore, so that two weeks is for rewriting, editing, tightening, etc....

Over the weekend, there were protests in Sydney at the US embassy over the film Innocence of Muslims. There were a lot of things said, afterward. Mostly, it was a condemnation for the violence that happened, and for the images of children holding posters claiming that...

I don't make a living from writing. It's important to remember that for when I say that, I do make a living from writing. Today, it occurred to me that I am now a professional speaker, and have been for a while, and that I am paid...

Soon enough, the language of literature would be drowned in the cacophony of other discourses—political, religious, sociological, postcolonial—and the subject of quality, of artistic intent, would come to seem almost frivolous. The book that he had written would vanish and be replaced by one that...

I'm busy trying to get this novel finished. It'll be about two months, with work and editing, but a pretty full on two months. I'm keen to get it finished so I can begin finding a new agent, writing something else, and letting my head...

Last week, it was reported that five Australians were killed in Afghanistan. What began after that, was the sickening grief show that nationalism inspires. It wasn't new, really. The Prime Minister got up and said, "Australians will be shocked by these deaths." Other politicians said we...