AM Radio, your morning dispatch of rock and lit news

Haruki Murakami in the lead to win 2012 Nobel prize for literature

The Japanese novelist has been given a 10-1 chance at this early stage.

Listen to a different version of Elliott Smith’s “Ballad of Big Nothing”

This month record label Kill Rock Stars released alternate versions of some of Smith’s most notable songs from Either/Or to commemorate what would have been his 43rd birthday.

Melville in the Holy Land, 1857

Tablet published an essay on Herman Melville’s experiences in Jerusalem, a trip that was supposed to help him recover from the failure of Moby Dick.


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