1. The Bad Plus Tackle Literature
First, a goodie from jazz trio The Bad Plus... they recently posted, on their blog, a list of musical acts and the authors they most closely correspond to. Some are uncanny (Phish = Douglas Adams, Elliott Smith = Sylvia Plath), some are amusing (Dave Matthews = John Grisham, lol) and some have better intentions than credentials (The Beatles = Roald Dahl? I like Dahl as much as the next guy, but COME ON!!!). Either way it's food for thought. Knowing that TBP spent a great deal of time discussing the issue internally makes me happy. And any list that includes Haruki Murakami is fine by me.
(Quick aside: I can't claim to be a huge Murakami fan, having read only A Wild Sheep Chase, but I was really impressed. His bizarro storytelling is very much in line with how I used to write. When I come away from a book thinking "damn, I need to start writing again," I know it's a winner.)
2. The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder
Next, the misunderstood and multitalented artist addresses how he spoke with Fidel Castro, why Reginald Hudlin is credited as a Boondocks co-creator despite not having even spoken with McGruder for a year, and what he thinks about the New Yorker profile that flayed him like a butterfly pork chop.
3. Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic's Sarah Silverman
Interview of the year, despite doing the whole thing over email. She wins three LOLs, two ROFLMAOs, and a OMFG. She's one of the best around at using the element of surprise to say some outrageous shit. For example, take the story of how she and Jimmy Kimmel started dating... let's just say the story of how Kate and I got together will be ending differently from now on.