In this week’s Village Voice, Matthew Shaer plays witness as the Brooklyn Book Festival becomes a “destination event,” thanks to Didion, Lethem, Klosterman, MacKaye, et al.
Annie Fischer visits the Brooklyn Flea Market and reports on the upcoming Superstar DJ Record Fair.
Karla Starr investigates MySpace’s newer, pricier business model.
Kory Grow listens to Calexico’s Carried to Dust and calls it a “return to form.”
Justin F. Farrar says TK Webb’s Ancestor kicks the crap out of all this freak-folk and hippie retro-rock. Plus Ben Detrick on Young Jeezy, and reviews of Okkervil River, Growing, I’m Not Jim, and Horse Feathers.
J. Hoberman on the Coen Brothers’ Burn After Reading: “Jesus, what a clusterfuck!”
Scott Foundas skeptically reports back from the Toronto Film Fest on Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Anne Hathaway’s Rachel Getting Married, and Spike Lee’s Miracle at St. Anna.
Michael Spies visits painter Sue Williams‘s studio in advance of her new show at David Zwirner Gallery, ‘Project for the New American Century.’
R.C. Baker dissects bad art catalogue prose and generally rants for a change.
Michael Feingold sees Bill T. Jones’s Fela Kuti musical Fela! and declares that its lead, Sahr Ngaujah, puts on a “spectacular display of nonstop skill, charm, and endurance.”