The Reader doesn’t often run straight-up interview pieces, but since Ian Svenonius, always a high-caliber conversationalist, is hosting a talk show called Soft Focus these days, writing about the show’s taping in Chicago seemed like a great opportunity to turn the tables and get him to answer some questions himself. To read about Svenonius’s views on the digital-music paradigm and how it relates to the cost of contact lenses, among other things, check out the column here.

By the way, Svenonius’s new project, Chain & the Gang, has an excellent album coming out on K Records next Tuesday, and the band will be coming to Ronny’s May 4. I highly recommend getting yourself down there.