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August 23, 2008


The Boston Globe profiles singer-songwriter Sam Amidon.

The New York Times examines the musicians slated to play events at the Democratic National Convention.

A certain amount of celebrity glow has long been a part of both political parties’ gatherings. But thanks in part to the youthful charisma of Senator Barack Obama, the presumptive nominee, the Democratic convention, which begins on Monday in Denver, is shaping up as an unlikely hot spot for the music world, with multiplatinum rappers, indie-rock scenesters, D.J.’s and Jennifer Lopez arriving by the van- and private planeload to perform, rally or schmooze with the political elite.

The Rocky Mountain News lists entertainment options for people headed to Denver for the Democratic National Convention.

New York Magazine offers its fall fashion preview in comics form.

Cartoonist Kim Deitch talks to the Vancouver Sun about his latest book, Deitch's Pictorama.

"Basically, they're experimental short stories -- it's illustrated fiction," he said. "Now that we're calling longer stories graphic novels, maybe it's time to start tooling around with how we put together stories that dish out words and pictures. I just feel that certain subjective ideas are very well portrayed in fiction, but don't play out so well in comics format. I think there's plenty of room for experimentation and improvement."

NPR's All Things Considered interviews Tom Moon, author of 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die: A Listener's Life List. An excerpt from the book is also presented.

Visit the online Bookstore Hall of Fame.

In the Los Angeles Times, Tod Goldberg explains what it's like for a literary fiction writer to take on television and movie spin-off books.

Me? I've published two novels and a collection of stories that have afforded the kind of notoriety one rarely reads about: I've lost all the awards I've ever been nominated for, my most ardent fans number in the tens of hundreds, and I'd need the Jaws of Life to pull me onto the bestseller list. In short, a career in the literary fiction trenches, where acclaim is something you hang your hat on, since you haven't made enough money to buy a hat rack.

Bloomberg lists this week's top selling books at US independent booksellers.

The San Francisco Chronicle lists the best indie films you haven't seen yet.

In the Guardian, author Eva Hoffman examines the connection between music and literature in her life.

Fleshmap offers a visual representation of the percentage of mentions of body parts i various music genres.

The Futurist features a couple of in-studio mp3s from the Bound Stems' recent WOXY Lounge Act session.

also at Largehearted Boy:

daily mp3 downloads
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
this week's CD releases


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