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September 23, 2007


The Los Angeles Times examines the fashion statements of the city's "indie-music queens."

Rebecca Stark, lead singer and co-songwriter for indie-folk band Lavender Diamond, which also released its debut full-length album early this year, is almost always dressed in ladylike vintage dresses, in the vein of country legends Loretta Lynn, June Carter Cash and Patsy Cline. The nostalgic (but slightly out-there) looks jibe perfectly with Lavender Diamond's romantic, country-flecked music, which harks back to the Carpenters and Linda Ronstadt.

The Boston Globe reviews Brock Clarke's novel, An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England.

The author is delivering, no question, a deliberate, comically muted slap in the face to our whole societal construct of the literary, almost as if it represents something emblematically heinous. The monuments are attacked, of course, and with them the boosterish idea of "importance." But Clarke also has sharp set pieces throughout that mock contemporary literary rituals and practices, notably book clubs and readings.

see also: Clarke's Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay for the book

The New Bern Sun Journal interviews author Nicholas Sparks.

SJ: How cool was it that you were asked to provide a blurb for "Lisey’s Story."

NS: That was one of the highlights of my literary career. He only asked two people. You had Stephen King and you had Michael Chabon who won the Pulitzer Prize, and then you had me. And I’m looking at these three names and it’s like that old Sesame Street song, “one of these things is not like the other, one of these things doesn’t belong” — and that was me. I was very honored. And it was a great book. I had no problem. I thought he did a tremendous job.

The Chicago Sun-Times profiles singer-songwriter Fionn Regan.

In his haunting, literate songs, he references novelists such as Saul Bellow and Paul Auster, and writes in a dizzying array of rambling metaphors and similes (think Dylan).

The Contra Costa Times reviews recently published biographies told in graphic novel form.

The New York Times profiles John Draper, the webcaster behind Atlantic Shout Factory.

Rolling Stone lists the top 25 music DVDs of all time.

The Times profiles "America's finest living novelist," Philip Roth.

The I Love Music community discuses the top 200 albums of the 20th century (as selected by Spain's Rockdelux magazine).

Pete Hamill talks to NPR's Weekend Edition about his latest novel, North River.

Minnesota Public Radio's the Current features a live performance by the Cinematic Orchestra.

Remember, Daniel Clowes is serially publishing a new comic in the New York Times.

NPR is streaming last night's Washington performances by John Vanderslice and Bishop Allen.

also at Largehearted Boy:

2007 Lollapalooza downloads
this week's CD releases


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