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October 9, 2009

Shorties (Barack Obama, Tom Waits, and more)

Congratulations to Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama. I recommend his books, The Audacity of Hope and Dreams from My Father.

Tom Waits talks to the Guardian about playing the devil in Terry Gilliam's film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

Built to Spill's Doug Martsch talks to the Boston Herald.

In the Times Online, Antonia Senior lists historical fiction worth reading.

"Jesus Christ." (The Indie Band) is a new band featuring Hipster Runoff's Carles and author Tao Lin.

Tor's blog offers a steampunk primer.

The Denver Post interviews James McNew of Yo La Tengo.

Time and Goodreads interview Audrey Niffenegger about her new novel, Her Fearful Symmetry.

The Phoenix New Times interviews singer-songwriter-cartoonist Jeffrey Lewis.

NPR is streaming last night's performances by Lou Barlow and Dinosaur Jr.

NPR's All Things Considered examines William S. Burroughs' novel Naked Lunch 50 years after its initial publication.

io9 reviews Bill Willingham's Peter & Max: A Fables Novel.

Funny, smart and full of old-fashioned thrills and spills, Peter & Max: A Fables Novel brings Bill Willingham's long-running comic series to the world of prose in a way that's sure to please old fans and make some new ones.

Newsarama wraps up its interview with Willingham.

At eMusic, John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats discusses religious records that have inspired him.

Tiny Mix Tapes also interviews Darnielle.

Tiny Mix Tapes, the Harvard Crimson, and the Daily Cardinal review the new Mountain Goats album, The Life of the World to Come.

Current contests at Largehearted Boy:

Win a copy of Nick Hornby's new novel, Juliet, Naked
Win one of two copies of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, by Jane Austen and Ben H. White.

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