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August 23, 2009

Shorties (Quentin Tarantino, Stone Roses, and more)

Quentin Tarantino talks to Billboard about creating the Inglourious Basterds soundtrack.

Billboard: You have some wild music in "Inglourious Basterds." How did you put it all together?

Quentin Tarantino: Part of my process when I'm making a movie is to just dive into my record collection. What I'm looking for is the rhythm of the movie or the beat of the movie. In the case of, say, "Jackie Brown," that's '70s soul. I'm finding pieces, and that keeps inspiring me to make the movie, actually.

The Irish Independent profiles the Stone Roses 20 years after the band released its seminal self-titled debut album.

They were the first band to combine the sounds of indie-pop and the ecstasy-fuelled burgeoning rave scene in Manchester. The band were the leaders of the pioneering alternative 'Madchester' movement, along with the likes of the Happy Mondays, Inspiral Carpets, the Charlatans and James in the late 1980s.

In the Sunday Herald, author Joan Barfoot shares her personal experiences with the fiction of Alice Munro.

Long ago, when I first began reading the work of Alice Munro, I recognised not only that landscape, but the class structures that evolved in its small communities, and how those things formed and illuminated every one of her people - which perhaps gave me a head start in feeling her work in my bones. But obviously prior knowledge of a particular line of country is unnecessary if literature is going to reach across all sorts of borders. What her roots really provide Alice the writer with, is the subtle, ferocious ability to cut to the human chase; to reach something spare yet complete that's recognisable wherever people desire to comprehend other humans' behaviour. Or their own.

The Miami Herald lists "books we love about where we live," specifically Miami and Florida.

The Telegraph profiles Alain de Botton, the new "author in residence" at London's Heathrow airport.

Botton shares his first week job experiences with the Times Online.

The Observer reviews recently released graphic novels, and finds the genre in great health.

The Chicago Sun-Times lists the best and worst television shows (based on how well they incorporate music into the series).

The Minneapolis Star Tribune previews fall's book releases.

TechCrunch has posted part 1 of its guide to music on the web.

Frankensteinia is a blog dedicated to the many iterations of Mary Shelley's fictional creation.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

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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