An interesting article in the NYT magazine about the evolution of the rock star - from rebel to MySpace slave: By Clive Thompson
"Jonathan Coulton sat in Gorilla Coffee in Brooklyn, his Apple PowerBook open before him, and began slogging through the dayâ€™s e-mail. Coulton is 36 and shaggily handsome. In September 2005, he quit his job as a computer programmer and, with his wifeâ€™s guarded blessing, became a full-time singer and songwriter. He set a quixotic goal for himself: for the next year, he would write and record a song each week, posting each one to his blog. â€œIt was a sort of forced-march approach to creativity,â€ he admitted to me over the sound of the cafeâ€™s cappuccino frothers. Heâ€™d always wanted to be a full-time musician, and he figured the only way to prove to himself he could do it was with a drastic challenge. â€œI learned that it is possible to squeeze a song out of just about anything,â€ he said. â€œBut itâ€™s not always an easy or pleasant process.â€ Given the self-imposed time constraints, the â€œThing a Weekâ€ songs are remarkably good."