On the radar:Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods” (which I spent an hour last night browsing before looking up and noticing 100 or so pages of its 400-plus-page bulk had passed) and this guy Steven Shaviro (pointed out by Adam re: an interview) who’s publishing “Stranded in the Jungle,” a book made up of essays about Samuel Delany’s “Dhalgren” (a nice William-Gibson-foreword-having paperback edition that would’ve bit me Friday evening if it’d been a snake at the Barnes and Noble in Berkeley, Calif., drowsy as I was after a superb dinner at Cafe Tibet), Prince’s “Under the Cherry Moon” (which crossed my mind while I was watching an ethnic/postmodern dance troupe called Freeplay shimmy-shimmy their ya-yas at the Pride celebration’s Asian stage yesterday, when “Kiss” suddenly materialized from speaker stacks, its opening wah-wah Wendy Melvoin guitar lick-cum-Prince exhalation-grunt and electronic snare-drum hit galvanizing the bodies of hundreds of people around me like so many high-school biology-class frog legs), Tricky’s “Pre-Millennium Tension,” Bjork and Chris Cunningham’s “All is Full of Love” video and a meditation on Sammy Davis Jr., to name a few.

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