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Four Questions For: Melissa Walker, YA Author

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“Four Questions For…”: Because five’s a commitment, but three seemed sparse

Sometime subject and full-time friend of FBNY Melissa Walker got herself into a neat piece in this weekend’s installment of T — no mean feat since her latest novel Violet By Design‘s been on shelves for six weeks, inspiring some to argue her promotional moment has passed. She does a nice job on her personal blog in a section she dubs “Marketing Monday” describing how the weekend’s piece came about, so in our new “Four Questions For…” feature, we got her to tell us the stuff the NYT piece left us wanting to know more about.

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Better Than Radio? NYT Podcasts Offer Local Journos’ Interviews

afanasieff.jpg If you’re not yet addicted to the NYTPopcast,” you are not wasting enough time on your computer!

Listening to newspaper music reporters/reviewers talk on the radio would be painful if we weren’t already inured to good stories told awkwardly.

One shining exception is Jeff Leeds, a local journo and friend of FBLA, who has a voice made for radio (or for small children’s nightmares, your call). This week, he talks about the odd love consumers seem to have to Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas is You, a song that has somehow, in the last 13 years, become a Christmas standard.

Most newspaper reporters groan anytime they’re asked to do anything other than write, but Leeds tells FBLA the podcasts are fun to do.

“It lets me do what I want to do more of, which is interview people on the creative side of the business,” the music writer tells us. If his Q&A with Carey’s producer Walter Afanasieff is any indication, we want him to do more of these, too.

*Photo stolen from Songwriter Universe.

Kurt Vonnegut, Dead at 84

11vonnegut-600.jpgThe NYT had its finger on the “send” trigger, apparently, and popped this lovely obit up minutes after his death was announced.

It ends with the poem Requiem, from Vonnegut’s 2005 book, A Man Without a Country.

When the last living thing/ has died on account of us,/ how poetical it would be/ if Earth could say,/ in a voice floating up/ perhaps/ from the floor/ of the Grand Canyon,/ “It is done.”/ People did not like it here.

But even better than the NYT, better than Cory Doctorow’s obit, even, is the piece by Kevin F. Sherry on Big Action (a site this half of FBLA contributes to). Seems Vonnegut saved Kevin’s life. So it goes.

Murdoch’s Millions | Gutfield’s ‘Red Eye’ | Molly Ivins’ ‘Sexually Suggestive Phrase’ | Sumner’s Suit | Leitch’s Deadspin

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  • New York Times‘ Keller: ‘Platform-agnostic.” [Marketwatch]
  • Japanese Women: Obsessed with Nick’s SpongeBob Squarepants. [LAT]
  • Sumner Redstone: Settles suit with son? [Reuters]
  • NYT: ‘Battle of 8th Ave.’ coming this spring. [Independent]
  • Rupert Murdoch: To divide fortune to his six children — $10 million at a time. [ETP]
  • Molly Ivins’ ‘Sexually Suggestive Phrase’: Referenced but not printed in NYT obit. [Village Voice]
  • NYT Baghdad Reporter John Burns: To London bureau. [E&P]
  • Ex-Stuff Editor Greg Gutfield: To host Fox’s Red Eye. [Mediaweek]
  • Murdoch to James Brady, 1976: “It might queer the deal.” [Forbes]
  • Deadspin’s Will Leitch: Using “boyish haircut” and “aw-shucks openess” to dominate. [PRWeek]