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October 31, 2009

Shorties (Anne Rice, The Swell Season, and more)

The St. Petersburg Times interviews author Anne Rice about her current reading.

NPR's All Things Considered profiles The Swell Season.

Jayne Anne Phillips talks to the Chicago Tribune about her latest novel, Lark and Termite.

The A.V. Club interviews Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords.

The Guardian lists 10 of the best rats in literature.

In the New York Times, Dave Eggers reviews Kurt Vonnegut's posthumously published short story collection, Look at the Birdie.

The 14 stories in “Look at the Birdie,” none of them afraid to entertain, dabble in whodunnitry, science fiction and commanding fables of good versus evil. Why these stories went unpublished is hard to answer. They’re polished, they’re relentlessly fun to read, and every last one of them comes to a neat and satisfying end. For transmittal of moral instruction, they are incredibly efficient delivery devices.

IGN lists the best metal ballads.

The Toronto Star interviews cartoonist Seth about his writing habits.

On sale at Amazon MP3:

the 13-track Away We Go soundtrack for $1.99
the 21-track Nightmare Revisited album for $2.99

Peter Straub discusses literary horror at Salon.

At The Week, author Harold Evans names his 5 favorite biographies and memoirs.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

best of the decade (2000-2009) online music 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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