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November 22, 2008

Shorties (John Lennon Forgiven, P.F. Kluge, and more)

The Columbus Dispatch interviews author P.F. Kluge.

Q: If you write a book like Eddie and the Cruisers, which prominently features rock 'n' roll music, there's a chance that book will be turned into a successful movie. Does that happen if you write about a writer cloistered at a small liberal arts college in central Ohio?

A: I was happy to see Eddie and The Cruisers turned into a film and to see a LIFE magazine article I co-authored turn into Dog Day Afternoon. The shelf life of a novel in a bookstore is somewhere between the shelf life of milk and yogurt. A movie gives the book new life, though in different form. I'll always welcome movie interest. But I don't write with movies in mind. That would be a mistake. One more thing: movies buy me time to write. And permit me to smoke a somewhat classier cigar.

The San Francisco Chronicle offers science fiction book holiday gift suggestions.

From the Fishhouse is an "audio archive of emerging poets."

IGN lists the most disappointing albums of all time.

FactMagazine lists the 20 best psychedelia albums of all time.

Den of Geek's comics being made into films list now numbers 84.

CNET's MP3 Insider lists the best iPod-compatible iTunes alternatives.

Omnivoracious continues its Books of the States series with 55 California books chosen mostly by Sean Wilsey.

Details profiles several "boutique" publishers, including LHB favorite Small Beer Press. (via)

The Vatican has forgiven John Lennon for his "we're bigger than Jesus" remark. profiles the Vivian Girls.

In the Guardian, John Mullan lists ten of the best marital rows in literature.

The New York Times' Paper Cuts interviews author Tom Bissell (the first author to ever pen a Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay).

How much time — if any — do you spend on the Web? Is it a distraction or a blessing?

Essentially, I’m on the Web all day. I would say that the Web has destroyed my ability to concentrate while giving me access to a variety of literary encounter greater than all but the most comprehensive library. My relationship to the Web is probably very similar to being in a profoundly unhappy marriage with someone you really love and care about. You hate it; you love it. You want to leave; you know you can’t.

Author Niall Ferguson shares his favorite books with The Week.

The Yorkshire Evening Post interviews Joan as Police Woman's Joan Wasser.

Fictionaut is a "literary community for serious readers & writers." The site is currently in beta, but the Fictionaut blog can be read by everyone.

At Drowned in Sound, Of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes lists his favorite things.

SFist also interviews Barnes.

Geekdad lists unconventional winter holiday movies.

Roger Bennett and Josh Kun talk to NPR's All Things Considered about the oddest book to be sent my way this year, And You Shall Know Us By The Trail Of Our Vinyl.

also at Largehearted Boy:

Online "best of 2008" music lists
Online "best of 2008" book lists
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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