AM Radio, your morning dispatch of rock and lit news

T.C. Boyle reflects on the seasons, the seventies and “Birnam Wood”

Read T.C. Boyle’s newest piece of fiction along with a Q&A where he talks about the autobiographical elements in the story.

Nick Cave’s punk-bluegrass soundtrack for the film Lawless

Cave discusses how he planned the music for the movie, which involved getting Emmy Lou Harris on board and gently struggling with Ralph Stanley over how the bluegrass veteran should cover The Velvet Underground’s “White Light/White Heat.”

In defense of fantasy and its role in pop culture

Ian Livingstone, co-author of the collection of roleplaying gamebooks called Fighting Fantasy, discusses how the customarily geeky genre and its gaming roots have entered pop culture.

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