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January 5, 2009

Shorties (Dave Eggers, Love Is All, and more)

CBC Radio's Writers & Company interviews Dave Eggers about his book, What Is the What.

Alternate Cover lists 5 comics to look out for in 2009.

At Pitchfork, Matthew Perpetua interviews Josephine Olausson of Love Is All.

Gapers Block interviews comics author Josh Elder.

Do you have any words of wisdom for would-be writers or artists of any stripe who may be interested in pursuing art full-time?

Make sure that you love art more than money. Because you probably won't have much of the latter. It is a hard business in which to be successful, and an even harder business in which to stay successful. I chose my path because I felt I had no other choice. It was a calling, and I had to answer or else I'd regret it for the rest of my life. If you feel that, then do it.

The January issue of Bookslut is online, and contains interviews with cartoonist Jason Lutes, poet Mark Irwin, and much more.

NPR's Morning Edition examines "wovels," online novels where readers vote to decide the plot direction.

Programmer Pollack describes the wovel format as reminiscent of the old "Choose Your Own Adventure" books, with a high-tech twist: "allowing the readers to ... choose their way through and decide on integral changes in the plot."

Daytrotter's Monday session features in-studio mp3s from Thao Nguyen.

Southern Shelter shares mp3s of Atlas Sound's New Year's Eve Atlanta performance.

This week Five Chapters is serializing a new short story by Matthew Vollmer.

The Telegraph remembers author Donald E. Westlake.

Although he owed much to the early 20th-century English crime farceurs "for whom" (as the British connoisseur Julian Symons remarked) "the business of fictional murder was endlessly amusing", Westlake repudiated the cosy British whodunnit tradition; he witheringly dismissed Agatha Christie, and in 1995, at a crime writing convention in Nottingham, rudely called PD James, one of the grandes dames of the genre, a "dimwit".

The Buffalo News lists bands to watch in 2009.

The New York Times profiles Andrew Bird, whose new album, Noble Beast, is released January 20th (and is streaming now at NPR).

“A lot of bands get hyped and go from playing for no one to playing for thousands of people, most of whom are standing there with their arms folded saying, ‘O.K., are you really as good as everyone says you are?’ ” Bird told me. “I’ve never had to deal with that. I’ve gotten here by winning one person at a time.”

MakeUseOf lists the best places to download free music.

NPR's Weekend Edition discusses the poetry of Langston Hughes and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper and its relevance to the Civil Rights era as well as today.

Amazon is still selling digital downloads of its top 50 albums 0f 2008 for $5 each.

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)
weekly music & DVD release lists


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