Portman is set to appear in the music video for Banhart's forthcoming single, 'Carmensita', which was recently shot in Los Angeles.This isn't Banhart's first dabble into the world of Hollywood.The musician sent a mix CD to Lindsey Lohan in October last year to help her cope with the rigours of rehab.

Then he spent the next decade or so playing dodge-and-weave with consistently morphing musical sounds, record labels, bases of operation, famous and not-famous-but-still-insanely-beautiful-girlfriends, and, yes, hairstyles.

(If anyone can be credited with jump-starting the current beardedness—cultural lifetimes before Al Gore or Joaquin Phoenix or Jared Leto sprouted face fuzz—it is Banhart.), is that when Banhart’s name goes missing from the "News" department for too long, it’s because he’s making visual art, a practice that has been with him at least as long as writing songs.

Here, we talk to the highly conscious and epically loquacious artist (this interview is, like, very condensed) about drawing to impress girls, worthlessness comples, and the mystery of the Great Sphinx.

What a nice way to start: A blank cover and blank pages.

Hollywood actress Natalie Portman is dating folk artist Devendra Banhart, according to various reports.

Pictures of the couple kissing and strolling arm-in-arm in New York's West Village have appeared on The People magazine website.The magazine describes Banhart as Portman's 'new beaux'.The Aceshobiz blog reports that the couple have been spotted out and about together on more than one occasion.You can have that with a book, but you don’t have that with music, for example.It isn’t like you have a blank song, and now it’s time to fill the song.Anyway I didn’t propose this book to [the publisher] Prestel, yet I’d been hoping that it would be proposed to me for over a decade.