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November 15, 2008

Shorties (Literary Drunkenness, Heartless Bastards, and more)

At the Guardian, John Mullan lists ten of the best episodes of literary drunkenness.

CHARTattack lists 10 great songs about meat.

The San Francisco Chronicle reviews one of the most innovative short fiction collections I have read all year, Salmonella Men on Planet Porno, by Yasutaka Tsutsui.

Tsutsui's fabulously morbid sense of humor, his obsessiveness and his wit make this collection sufficiently entertaining and disturbing to warrant our attention, especially today when the world as we know it has indeed tilted into the fantastical.

The Toronto Star lists 20 books to read during bad economic times.

E.L. Doctorow talks to the Tampa Bay Times about his work.

"My books have been called political, and they've been called historical novels. Some people talk about my use of postmodern techniques, and some have said they're New York novels. So I guess that makes me a political-historical-postmodern-New York novelist."

Squarepusher interviews the Guardian's music critics about their work.

Drowned in Sound reviews John Peel's collection of music essays, The Olivetti Chronicles.

For those of you disappointed by the autobiography, but who rushed to get it, this collection of John Peel’s writings on music, popular culture, and home-life is going to be instantly appealing, and I’m happy to tell you it may be the best commemoration of his life, in printed form.

Paste interviews the Watson Twins.

Drowned in Sound lists bands to watch in 2009.

The Obama Art Report is a blog featuring artwork inspired by the U.S president-elect.

The David Foster Wallace Memorial Fund has been set up by Illinois State University

NPR has video of Shearwater's recent Tiny Desk Concert.

American Photo has several album cover lists online, including the 100 best photo album covers, still-cool classic covers, schlocky covers, stylishly alternative covers, shocking and censored covers, and the "super 30" album covers.

IGN lists ten great photo album covers.

Minnesota Public Radio's The Current has the Heartless Bastards in the studio for an amazing performance and interview.

New Scientist asks six notable authors (including William Gibson, Ursula K Le Guin, and Margaret Atwood) what the future holds for science fiction.

The New York Times reviews Roy Blount, Jr.'s latest book, Alphabet Juice.

Writing “needs to be quick, so it’s readable at first glance and also worth lingering over.” This book is both, and danced in Blount’s arms, English swings smartly. My admiration for “Alphabet Juice” only swelled when it proposed a conclusion for this review. Reviewers like to apply the word “uneven” to books they’re fond of, he suggests, but have a few reservations about. “Would you want to read a book that was even?” he asks.

Read an excerpt from the book.

Actress Sarah Silverman has signed a book deal.

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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