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April 24, 2015

Book Notes - Aline Ohanesian "Orhan's Inheritance"

Orhan's Inheritance

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Kevin Brockmeier, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Aline Ohanesian's impressive debut novel Orhan's Inheritance effortlessly moves between the 1915 Turkish puge of Armenians and the 1990s. Today is the official worldwide day of commemoration for the Armenian Genocide, which happened 100 years ago, the perfect time to celebrate this important book.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune wrote of the book:

"A remarkable debut novel that exhibits an impressive grasp of history as well as narrative intensity and vivid prose​."

Stream a playlist of these songs at Spotify.


In her own words, here is Aline Ohanesian's Book Notes music playlist for her debut novel Orhan's Inheritance:


Writing Orhan's Inheritance was in many ways like conducting an exorcism. It is a story of love and family secrets but the most difficult scenes in the book take place during the Armenian Genocide of 1915. I felt a tremendous responsibility to my grandparents who were all survivors. Music played a large role in the writing of this book - it helped transport me across time and space, and helped me channel the grief and sometimes outrage that 100 years of denial has created.


"Keler Tsorer" by Gomidas (My favorite is a rendition by Nune Mellikian)
Komitas was a musicologist and priest who from 1899- 1915 collected thousands of pieces of Armenian and Kurdish folk songs from remote Anatolian villages that would have otherwise been lost. In April of 1915 he was arrested along with 180 other writers, poets and intellectuals. Most were executed but Komitas was sent to a prison camp. After witnessing unspeakable horrors, Komitas suffered a mental breakdown and eventually died in a psychiatric ward in Paris. In many ways, Komitas single handedly saved the cultural heritage of Western Armenia that would have been disappeared after the genocide. I see Orhan's Inheritance as my own small contribution in preserving that culture. This rendition in particular transports me to the landscape of Anatolia and eventually reduces me to a puddle of tears.

"What the Waves Brought In" by jazz pianist Tigran Hamsyan.
I love how he blends American jazz with Armenian folk music. I heard him play this live in a little theater in Los Angeles a few years ago. His improvisations were like nothing I'd ever heard before. Just when you think the song is reaching toward a musical future, it bends back to an ancient past. Listening to it makes me believe that time is not linear at all.

"Siro Yerke" or Love Song: by renowned duduk player, Djivan Gasparian
A duduk is an Armenian Oboe, it's a single or double reed wind instrument made from the soft wood of the apricot tree. The melody is haunting and lovely. The song feels ancient and has a haunting quality.

"Arto" by System of a Down
This piece is a hidden song in System of a Down's Toxicity Album. It comes around 3:57, and starts out with a duduk, then weaves in a chant from the Armenian liturgy which is thousands of years old. The chant translates to "Lord have mercy." The tribal screeches are unexpected and wild. The song is like a quilt in many ways, it sews together hedonistic yelps, the liturgy, all to the beat of a hand beaten drum.

"Holy Mountains" by System of a Down
There is so much rage in this song. I played it whenever I had to write scenes from Ani's perspective. She's a character who, like me, is a descendant of genocide survivors. Unlike me, however, Ani isn't quite sure what to do with the trans-generational grief she's inherited. The song refers to the Holy Mountain of Ararat which is currently located in Turkey and has been a symbol of Armenian culture for six centuries.

"Desert Rose" by Sting
Part of this song is in Arabic and I have no idea what the words mean, but the English lyrics and the melody were on constant replay when I was writing the love scenes in the novel. I love the role the landscape plays in it. I think so much of what we experience and we remember is tied to the land on which we stand. For me, all stories are rooted in place. I always what to know where a story takes place. Without that information, stories float in some indecipherable ether I can't quite grasp.


Aline Ohanesian and Orhan's Inheritance links:

the author's website

Christian Science Monitor review
Kirkus review
Library Journal review
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel review
Minneapolis Star Tribune review

Asbarez essay by the author
Bookselling This Week interview with the author
CarolineLeavittville interview with the author
Fiction Writers Review interview with the author
Library Journal essay by the author
Weekend Edition profile of the author


also at Largehearted Boy:

Book Notes (2015 - ) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2012 - 2014) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2005 - 2011) (authors create music playlists for their book)
my 11 favorite Book Notes playlist essays

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly comics highlights)
Daily Downloads (free and legal daily mp3 downloads)
guest book reviews
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, literature, and pop culture links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtracks)
weekly music release lists
Word Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)


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April 24, 2015

Atomic Books Comics Preview - April 24, 2015

In the weekly Atomic Books Comics Preview, Benn Ray highlights notable new comics and graphic novels.

Benn Ray is the owner of Atomic Books, an independent bookstore in Baltimore. The Mobtown Shank is his blog, and his comic Said What? is syndicated weekly in the Baltimore Sun's B-Paper.

Atomic Books has been named one of BuzzFeed's Great American Bookstores, as well as one of Flavorwire's 10 greatest comic and graphic novel stores in America.


An Entity Observes All Things

An Entity Observes All Things
by Box Brown

So if you read Box Brown's acclaimed Andre The Giant biography and were thinking, "Okay, what else has this guy got?" Well, he's got this! A collection of science-fiction based short stories reveal an important young cartoonist expanding his styles and stories.


MAD Magazine #533

MAD Magazine #533
by The Usual Gang Of Idiots

Remember that song "I'll Sue Ya" where Weird Al helped advance the tort reformers' agenda to limit our access to courts by propagating bogus "frivolous lawsuit" claims? This issue of MAD, guest edited by Weird Al Yankovic, is funnier than that.


Print Is Dead. Long Live Print: The World's Best Independent Magazines

Print Is Dead. Long Live Print: The World's Best Independent Magazines
by Ruth Jamieson

Coming out at a time when the media is running stories about the failure of so-called "e-books" and the bottoming out of their related gadget/tablet readers, this hardcover, full-color art book celebrates the exquisite design that select print publications have brought us. Print Is Dead spikes the Kindle.


Sea Urchin

Sea Urchin
by Laura Knetzger

Knetzger's revelatory Sea Urchin does a great job of capturing what it's like dealing with someone with depression.


Questions, concerns, comments or gripes – e-mail benn@atomicbooks.com. If there’s a comic I should know about, send it my way at Atomic, c/o Atomic Books 3620 Falls Rd., Baltimore, MD 21211.


Atomic Books & Benn Ray links:

Atomic Books website
Atomic Books on Twitter
Atomic Books on Facebook
Benn Ray's blog (The Mobtown Shank)
Benn Ray's comic, Mutant Funnies


also at Largehearted Boy:

other Atomic Books Comics Preview lists (weekly new comics & graphic novel highlights)

Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)


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Shorties (Joshua Ferris on Learning to Fly, Jim James on the New My Morning Jacket Album, and more)

Author Joshua Ferris is writing a series of articles at Popular Mechanics about learning to fly.


Rolling Stone interviewed Jim James about the new My Morning Jacket album The Waterfall.


This Podcast Will Change Your Life interviewed author Jim Ruland.


The Guardian interviewed Tori Amos.


Stephen Elliott discussed the film adaptation of his memoir The Adderall Diaries at Vulture.


Stream a new HEALTH song.


T.C. Boyle discussed his writing inspirations at the Telegraph.


Gambit interviewed Josh Tillman of Father John Misty.


Author Cate Dicharry interviewed herself at The Nervous Breakdown.


PopMatters reviewed the 16-CD box set The Best of the Best Show.


Author Shawn Vestal is leaving books around Spokane this week.


Elle profiled legendary singer Mavis Staples.


The Tallahassee Democrat recommended Wilco songs.


Thought Catalog listed fiction books that can change your life.


Follow Largehearted Boy on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" posts.


also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (recommended new books)


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Daily Downloads (Submarine Lights, Tyvek, and more)

Every day, Daily Downloads offers free and legal music and/or stream.


Today's free and legal mp3 downloads:

April Verch: Bright Like Gold EP [mp3]
April Verch: The Newpart single [mp3]
April Verch: Thats How We Run album [mp3]

Broken Glass Kids: Cabin EP [mp3]

Gum: Make It Sound New EP [mp3]

Josh Gilligan: "Old and Tired Ground" [mp3] from Steady On

Space Curse: Chimes EP [mp3]

Submarine Lights: The Dangerous Pleasures of Uncommon Curiosity album [mp3]

Tidelands: "Dog Named Bart" [mp3] from Old Mill Park EP


Free and legal live performances at other websites:

Tyvek: 2015-04-11, Brooklyn [mp3]


search for more free and legal music downloads at Largehearted Boy


also at Largehearted Boy:

other Daily Downloads

covers collections
100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads

Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, books, and pop culture news and links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtrack)
weekly new album lists


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April 23, 2015

Book Notes - Matt Sumell "Making Nice"

Making Nice

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Kevin Brockmeier, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Matt Sumell's remarkable debut novel Making Nice is a collection of linked stories that feature an unforgettable young narrator.

The Guardian wrote of the book:

"Making Nice has an anarchic humour and a goofy, ingenuous humanity that makes every page feel new.... In its rampage to nowhere, Making Nice achieves the remarkable feat of making it feel better to travel hopelessly than to arrive."

Stream a playlist of these songs at Spotify.


In his own words, here is Matt Sumell's Book Notes music playlist for his debut novel Making Nice:


Oh man. Initially I came up with this stupidly complicated plan where I was going to choose like, three songs for each of the twenty linked stories in Making Nice, which if my math is correct equals sixty songs, which is at least forty too many. I scrapped that quick and considered asking some writer friends to each pick a song that reminds them of Alby, the still grieving, overly emotional, highly reactive, occasionally violent half-an-idiot narrator of the book. Then I thought no way, man, get it together, you're mentally ill. So instead, here's just twenty songs for just twenty stories, each of which in some way makes me think of Alby. The only other rubric here is the one I use for all art…does it makes me feel anything? These do.

"Be Aggressive" – Faith No More
Never mind that this song concerns itself with sucking dicks. Like so many of the religious right-wingers out there, let's select only what parts of the text suit our biases and ignore the rest. Here goes: The ordering of the stories in the book was particularly tough to figure, but if the task at hand is for Alby to finally learn how to make nice, why not start with him at his not nicest? Of course the concern was-and-remains that it will turn off some readers, so option A was to find a story that was a little more commercially appealing. But that didn't feel right, so we went with option B, because being aggressive felt righter. Force counts, folks. Go! Fight! Wiiiiiin!!!

"You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar But I Feel Like A Millionaire" - QOTSA
Consider rollercoasters: the thrill of them is not their speed—I mean, you get speed in a car, or an airplane, and we all know what that feels like: like nothing at all. The thrill of rollercoasters is due to acceleration; their ability to accelerate us downward one moment and upwards the next, left one moment and right the next, right? Their ability to alternately produce the sensations of weightlessness and weightiness. Of course I have very little idea of the actual science of what I'm talking about, but this is common sense stuff: the thrill is in the changes, man. Fast, slow. Left, right. Up, down. It's all in the switches. The volume jump at the beginning scares the shit out of people who've cranked the volume on their stereos/headphones, and the go-go-go-stop-and-go of this song at the 2:37 mark not only increases emotional G-force, it also reminds me of Alby's explosiveness.

"With My Own Bare Hands" – Ween
For me it doesn't get much better than good old Gener and Deaner, and every time I hear this one I think of Alby at the start of Little Things, laundry-listing all the things he could potentially do with his arms: Lifting, carrying, digging, feeding cows PCP so they revolt with unexpected and tremendous violence—anything….Opening every jar for every lady. Helping. I felt like helping. I felt like I could help. Of course that personal pep talk is quickly undone by Alby's inability to save the people and things he loves the most, but man is it more fun to think—and hear—otherwise. And while I'm at it, here's another fun thought: the inevitable Ween reunion!

"Birdsong" – Tomahawk
Bird chirps + aggression + rape-y lyrics. If this isn't Gary's mood music for butt fucking seagulls than I don't know what is. And I don't. But if I'm best guessing, Patton's post-Faith project gets it.

"Troubles, Troubles" – Clarence "Frogman" Henry
Musical joyousness in the face of overwhelming despair. The two just shouldn't add up but somehow do, maybe because confounding expectations is the just about the best thing you can do with them. Either way I love this song, same as I love the advice Mark Richard gave me back in my U.C. Irvine days: "Just make ‘em laugh and break their fucking hearts." Also, I've been trying to buy a house in New Orleans for years now. Love that city!

"Last Night In Town" – The Twilight Singers
While this isn't my all time favorite from Dulli it's right up there, and what I'm digging most about it is the reaching-but-not-quite-ness of the vocals, an off key-ness if that's even the word. But there's something in that for me, in the almost-but-not-quite-ness, in the failing-to-get-there of it that breaks my dumb heart every time and somehow makes the song even better. It makes it human and it makes it great and it makes me think of Alby, who is trying and failing to honor his mother's dying wish for him: that he finds a way replace his aggression with empathy. It's not in his nature, of course, but he's trying and he's trying and he's trying, and—like force—trying counts, too.

"Everything's Gonna Be Alright" – Naughty By Nature
Sure it is. But sometimes you have to tell yourself that anyway.

"No One Loves Me and Neither Do I" – Them Crooked Vultures
I'm a huge QOTSA fan, and it seems to me that Josh Homme's singing and writing—both there and here—shares something in common with Making Nice, most especially in terms of how it expresses and "performs" masculinity. It's easy to write it off as just machismo or bro-dude-ness or whatever you want to call it, but the truth is it's way more complicated than what some people want to give it credit for. Beneath the hard surface, there's a slippery, elusive sensitivity. There's a vulnerability at work. There's a lot of pain in it. There's grief. There's humor and there's beauty. And yeah, there's aggression, but rarely is that aggression limited to one way. There's a lot of self-aggression at work, to the point it acts like an autoimmune disease. Alby's heartbroken, and he's angry that he's heartbroken, and then he's frustrated that he's angry that he's heartbroken. One feeling attacks another, one thought another, so the whole grief-and-suffering thing gets complicated fast. One thing's for sure though: he's as hard on himself as he is everybody else.

"Frontier Psychiatrist" – The Avalanches
That boy needs therapy. No shit.

"I Go To Extremes" – Billy Joel
If you think I didn't seriously consider comprising this entire playlist from the discography of Mr. Long Island himself, think again. I mean, the fact that The Piano Man was once so distraught that he tried to kill himself by drinking furniture polish (and later joked that he ended up "farting Lemon Pledge for a week") is reason enough. He also drove his car into a house and has publicly struggled with booze for decades. If I didn't know any better I might guess that Mr. Joel and Alby are somehow related, at least in terms of what they share—they're both highly reactive. Lots of extremes here: sadness, anger, intoxication…which may not be a feeling but can definitely be an extreme.

"We Know You're Drunk" – Mule
Speaking of intoxication, when you're suffering your time horizon shrinks. You stop thinking long term and start thinking about relief, at any cost, sooner the better. You get impetuous. You get reckless. You get drunk.

"BoilerMaker" – Jesus Lizard
Then you get drunker. Though it hardly seems possible, Yow's voice has even more grit and swagger than P.W. Long's, and I can't decide which I dig more.

"Beef Flavored Island" – Pleaseeasur
So I was sitting around The Casbah down in San Diego drinking vodka sodas waiting for Neil Hamburger to come on, when these two maniacs took the stage and had me laughing so hard I almost vomited. Between the absurdist lyrics and the accompanying overhead projector performance—I'll never forget it. And I'm grateful, because for me and for Alby there's real consolation in laughter, because laughter subverts the inevitable pain of being alive. It's the great, saving thing, and the only way I know to combat grief.

"Her Strut" – Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
Sometimes—as Dulli said about Black Love—"guilt takes a backseat to lust." What he didn't say is that often lust gets left at spectating, so here's one for Alby and the dog-walking Hi Jeans from the story I'm Your Man.

"No Pussy Blues" – Grinderman
And here's one for where that story leaves him.

"Crime Scene Part One" – The Afghan Whigs
Stanley Elkin once said that "Writing is revenge against your bullies." But how do you take revenge on heartwreck? I've got a few ideas, but all I know for sure is that it resonates when Dulli croons on about sticking it to his enemies, then asks, "Do you think I'm beautiful or do you think I'm evil?"

"I'm Evil, Jack" – The Frogs
The fun answer.

"Fallin'" – Teenage Fanclub and De La Soul
Of course, after every blowup is the inevitable comedown. The regret. The realization that you've got loose circuits. So loose…

"Wheels" – The String-a-longs
One time, in the passenger seat of my father's car, we were just rolling through the neighborhood all slow-like when this song came on. I watched my Dad drive as it played, and after about a minute I jumped out of the car and walked home.

"Miles Iz Dead" – The Afghan Whigs
If it's not obvious by now I'm a lifelong Dulli fan—from the early Whigs to The Twilight Singers to The Gutter Twins to the solo stuff and back—and here, ladies and gentlemen, is your parting shot. Thanks for reading.


Matt Sumell and Making Nice links:

the author's website

Guardian review
Irish Times review
Kirkus review
Los Angeles Times review
New York Times review
Publishers Weekly review
The Rumpus review
San Francisco Chronicle review
Wall Street Journal review

Neon Tommy interview with the author
Paris REview interview with the author
Weekend Edition profile of the author


also at Largehearted Boy:

Book Notes (2015 - ) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2012 - 2014) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2005 - 2011) (authors create music playlists for their book)
my 11 favorite Book Notes playlist essays

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly comics highlights)
Daily Downloads (free and legal daily mp3 downloads)
guest book reviews
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, literature, and pop culture links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtracks)
weekly music release lists
Word Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)


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Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - April 23, 2015

In the weekly Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week, the Montreal bookstore recommends several new works of fiction, art books, periodicals, and comics.

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly is one of Montreal's premiere independent bookstores.


Supermutant Magic Academy

Supermutant Magic Academy
by Jillian Tamaki

Teenagers will be teenagers even if they're goblins and fox shifters learning magic in an old castle, and the beautiful compilation of Tamaki's incisive and laugh out loud funny webcomic shows that's equally hard to grow up surrounded by the mundaneness of prom as it is the magic of broomstick sports games.


Trames de Patsy

Trames de Patsy

French-language project Trames produces beautiful "portrait-books," a collection of anecdotes, funny stories, and photographs that go far beyond your traditional biography. This edition, based on the life of Belgo-Quebecois artist Patsy Van Roost, the sometimes-styled Fairy of the Mile End, travels through her past, her psyche, and the Montreal neighbourhood she's called home for twenty years.


Asbestos Heights

Asbestos Heights
by David McGimpsey

"Petrarch in a Tweet war about where to buy a good pair of dad jeans." "Yeats but with fewer swans." There are a thousand ways to describe McGimpsey's poetry and the brash way it grabs a chuckle from you, and his new poems are as irreverent as expected. There are uncaring therapists, ankle bracelets, deserts, and a truly stunning collection of literary burns.


God Help the Child

God Help the Child
by Toni Morrison

The incomparable Morrison is back with a new novel, her first set in our current time. The Nobel laureate this time tells the story of Bride, whose blue-black skin is her only beauty but also the cause of maternal neglect, and who must navigate treacherous waters as she grows up, loses love to anger, and meets mysterious strangers.


Dancing in the Dark

Dancing in the Dark
by Karl Ove Knausgaard

The highly anticipated newest instalment of the sweeping My Struggle series takes us to a small fishing town far north of the polar circle, where an 18 year old Knausgaard is an unenthusiastic school teacher trying to save up for a writer's life. Detailing all the mundane, intimate details of his frigid existence, Knausgaard weaves a tale that has ensnared an international audience.


Librairie Drawn & Quarterly links:

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly's blog
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Facebook page
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Tumblr
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Twitter


also at Largehearted Boy:

other Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week

List of Online "Best of 2014" Book Lists

52 Books, 52 Weeks
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly new comics and graphic novel highlights)
Largehearted Word (weekly new book highlights)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
guest book reviews
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)


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Shorties (Contemporary Poets You Should Read, Doug Martsch on the New Built To Spill Album, and more)

BuzzFeed recommended contemporary poets you should read.


PopMatters interviewed Doug Martsch about the new Built To Spill album Untethered Moon.


Former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes listed his favorite albums at The Quietus.


Book Riot recommended April books from independent presses.


Nouvelle Vague's Marc Collin listed the best trip hop tracks at Dummy.


Brooklyn Magazine interviewed author Amelia Gray.


Pitchfork interviewed members of the band HEALTH.


The Fanzine interviewed Shya Scanlon about his new novel The Guild of Saint Cooper.


Stereogum ranked Wire albums.


The 2015 Eisner nominations for comics have been announced.


SPIN interviewed singer-songwriter Mikal Cronin.


Nick Courage listed books where pop music is trying to kill you at Tor.com.


All Things Considered interviewed the filmmakers behind the documentary Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock And Roll.


The Guardian profiled author Anthony Doerr.


iTunes is streaming the new Blur album The Magic Whip.


Bookworm interviewed author Luis Alberto Urrea.


Treble listed essential Vancouver albums.


Flavorwire listed novels that will turn you into an environmentalist.


Follow Largehearted Boy on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" posts.


also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (recommended new books)


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Daily Downloads (Mew, Ex Hex, and more)

Every day, Daily Downloads offers free and legal music and/or stream.


Today's free and legal mp3 downloads:

Dakota Parler: Thoroughfare album [mp3]

Dolly Shine: Room to Breathe EP [mp3]

In Letter Form: "Reflecting the Rain" [mp3]
In Letter Form: "Wait Now" [mp3]

Kevin Gordon: Tangle the Blue Sky album [mp3]

Mew: Exclusive +- EP [mp3]

Mike Kusek: Calling Shorts EP [mp3]

Rachel Taylor: Magnetic EP [mp3]

Thad Kopec: "Guardian" [mp3] from The Ridge (out May 19th)


Free and legal live performances at other websites:

Ex Hex: 2015-04-18, Durham [mp3]


search for more free and legal music downloads at Largehearted Boy


also at Largehearted Boy:

other Daily Downloads

covers collections
100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads

Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, books, and pop culture news and links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtrack)
weekly new album lists


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April 22, 2015

Book Notes - Emily Schultz "The Blondes"

The Blondes

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Kevin Brockmeier, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Emily Schultz's satirical novel The Blondes is both smart and dark, a brilliantly told book.

Booklist wrote of the book:

"Suspenseful, ferociously clever, exceedingly well written, poignant and hilarious."

Stream a playlist of these songs at Spotify.


In her own words, here is Emily Schultz's Book Notes music playlist for her novel The Blondes:


The Blondes, a novel about a rabies-like virus that affects only blonde women, is set in New York City and a remote cabin in winter—yet I wrote most of the book in the Mohave Desert outside of Joshua Tree. Thirty miles from an internet connection, I was listening only to desert silence and the occasional sonic boom from the nearby air force base.

The cabin's owner told me it had previously been rented by the writers for the movie Cowboys & Aliens, which had not yet released at that point. He hoped knowing it had already been a writing retreat would bring me good luck. I remember thinking, good title. Months later, walking the subway platforms in Brooklyn staring at billboards for a movie that was quickly flopping, I hoped my novel, which also shared a mashed-up concept, wouldn't share the same fate.


Christina Aguilera "The Beautiful People"
Goldfrapp "Yellow Halo"
Amy Winehouse "Back to Black"

Okay, there is one fictional music reference in the book, a pop singer named Shelbee Brown who is very Winehouse-like, and who ultimately becomes a victim of the blonde virus. I'm choosing Goldfrapp for the band's dreaminess, and Christina Aguilera because the book, though it is serious, is also a whole lot of fun.

Ladytron "Destroy Everything You Touch"
Claudine Longet "End of the World"

The idea for the novel came about while reading Vanity Fair on an airplane headed to JFK. I encountered a Gucci ad of a group of heavily made-up blonde women in safari wear. They looked both sickly and ready to attack. I liked the idea of a disease stemming from beauty, a kind of lovely destruction, and saw it as a way to get at ideas of feminine power. Ladytron and Longet embody that delicate dance.

Mudhoney "Touch Me I'm Sick"
The Cramps "Fever"

Sexuality and illness seems like a forbidden topic but not in these two songs.

Kate Bush "Breathing"

The main character, Hazel Hayes, narrates the novel by talking to her unborn. Essentially she's telling a horror story in the gentlest voice possible. Bush's song is about a fetus aware of nuclear fallout occurring outside its mother's womb.


Emily Schultz and The Blondes links:

the author's website
the author's Wikipedia entry

Booklist review
Globe and Mail review
Kirkus review
National Post review
Washington Post review
Winnipeg Free Press review

Toronto Star interview with the author


also at Largehearted Boy:

Book Notes (2015 - ) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2012 - 2014) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2005 - 2011) (authors create music playlists for their book)
my 11 favorite Book Notes playlist essays

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly comics highlights)
Daily Downloads (free and legal daily mp3 downloads)
guest book reviews
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, literature, and pop culture links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtracks)
weekly music release lists
Word Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)


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WORD Bookstores Books of the Week - April 22, 2015

In the Largehearted Word series, the staff of Brooklyn's WORD bookstore highlights several new books released this week.

WORD Bookstores are independent neighborhood bookstores in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Jersey City, New Jersey. Our primary goal is to be whatever our communities needs us to be, which currently means carrying everything from fiction to nonfiction to absurdly cute cards and stationery. In addition, we're fiends for a good event, from the classic author reading and Q&A to potlucks and a basketball league (and anything set in a bar). If a weekly dose of WORD here isn't enough for you, follow us on Twitter: @wordbookstores.


Archivist Wasp

Archivist Wasp
by Nicole Kornher-Stace

Blurbs from Catherynne M. Valente and Jeff VanderMeer and an awesome heroine who hunts ghosts in a post-apocalyptic underworld? Count us in!


The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage
by Sydney Padua

Padua takes the already-fascinating tale of these two geniuses and imbues it with a superhero twist. So much fun!


Map: Collected and Last Poems

Map: Collected and Last Poems
by Wislawa Szymborska

Full of wit and cleverness and insight, this is a collection for fans and novices alike. She goes from bodybuilding to archaeology to poetry readings, and she's not afraid to tell it like it is.


Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town
by Jon Krakauer

Hard-hitting nonfiction master Krakauer faces a challenging and widespread issue head on.


WORD Brooklyn links:

WORD website
WORD Facebook page
WORD on Instagram
WORD Tumblr
WORD Twitter


also at Largehearted Boy:

other Word Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)

List of Online "Best of 2014" Book Lists

Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly comics & graphic novel highlights)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
guest book reviews
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)


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Shorties (Haruki Murakami's Advertorial Short Short Stories, Amanda Palmer on Crowdfunding, and more)

Haruki Murakami's advertorial short stories.


Forbes interviewed singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer about crowdfunding.


Bustle recommended literary podcasts.


Stream a new Milk Carton Kids song.


Paula Hawkins talked to the Guardian about writing her novel The Girl on the Train.


Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers talked southern rock with the Monterey Herald.


STET interviewed Amber Tamblyn about her poetry collection Dark Sparkler.


Red Bull Music Academy, Paste and PopMatters interviewed Sadie Dupuis of the band Speedy Ortiz.


Listen to Kurt Cobain's cover of the Beatles' "And I Loved Her."


The Telegraph interviewed author Toni Morrison.


Sean and Sara Watkins covered Fleetwood Mac's "Steal Your Love Away"


A reading series that pairs books with food and drink.


Filmmaker John Carpenter talked soundtracks and music making with FACT.


Rolling Stone interviewed Paul Beatty about his new novel The Sellout.


All Things Considered interviewed Michael Angelakos about the new Passion Pit album, Kindred.


The Guardian listed the best closing lines of books.


Creative Boom listed Europe's top summer music festivals.


Flavorwire listed the best poetry books of the decade so far.


Stream a new My Morning Jacket song.


Courtney Maum discussed the debut author experience at BuzzFeed.


Drowned in Sound interviewed Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Browstein.


Follow Largehearted Boy on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" posts.


also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (recommended new books)


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Daily Downloads (Ben Frost, Frances Luke Accord, and more)

Every day, Daily Downloads offers free and legal music and/or stream.


Today's free and legal mp3 downloads:

The Ballroom Thieves: The Ballroom Thieves EP [mp3]

Ben Frost: "Rare Decay" [mp3]

Frances Luke Accord: Live at Strobe EP [mp3]

Junior College: The Carribean Winter album [mp3]

Mina's Ghost: Goodnight and Love EP [mp3]

Misun: "After Me" [mp3] from Feel Better EP (out May 29th)

The Monochrome Set: "Oh, You're Such a Star" [mp3] from Spaces Everywhere

Montropo: "More Light" [mp3]

Radar: "Give Up on the Now" [mp3]


Free and legal live performances at other websites:

The Instruments: 2005-03-24, Athens [mp3]


search for more free and legal music downloads at Largehearted Boy


also at Largehearted Boy:

other Daily Downloads

covers collections
100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads

Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, books, and pop culture news and links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtrack)
weekly new album lists


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