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The One You Really Love
The Magnetic Fields vs Belle & Sebastian

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Then there's Daniel Handler. And guess what? Daniel Handler can do no wrong. Handler here plays accordion, dishes out the brandy, collects the scores at the end of the performances, and delivers the all-important hand-claps in 'Ferdinand De Saussure'. Like LD, he is made for the stage, carrying himself with an assured wit. He looks terrific, a little (post) Modernist Fitzgerald dandy in his suit and shiny shoes. In his other lives of course he has written two of the best books of the past few years in his debut The Basic Eight and Watch Your Mouth. He is also well known as the, ah, 'spokesman' for the very wonderful Lemony Snicket, whose continuing series of tales which document the torrid lives of the Baudelaire Orphans have graced the New York Times' top 20 bestsellers list of children's books for the past year. Quite why they have no UK publisher is beyond me, but then again it took a year for 69 Love Songs to get a UK release, so you know… it's following a pattern I guess. There is only one thing that I look forward to in 2001 more than the latest Snicket missive, and that's new Merritt songs gracing my stereo. Daniel Handler writes like an angel. Daniel Handler can do no wrong.

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