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November 1, 2009

Shorties (Julian Casablancas, Michael Chabon, and more)

Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas talks to the New York Post about his solo album, Phrazes For The Young (out November 3rd).

“Some of the songs sound like they can be found on the soundtrack of a random ’80s movie,” says Casablancas, 31, who plays almost all of the instruments. A little over a year ago, he went into the studio fully intending to set himself apart from his bandmates. For the first time, he took song ideas they had rejected and set out to make them his own.

The Buffalo News reviews Michael Chabon's new essay collection, Manhood for Amateurs.

Singer-songwriter Chuck Prophet talks to the San Francisco Chronicle about his albums' recording sessions.

The Dallas Morning News reviews Anne Rice's new novel, Angel Time.

This book has all the things her readers so adore about Anne Rice's books: intimate little glimpses into her own soul, as with Toby's unabashed love of classical music, particularly the violin; a vivid and exciting clash between good and evil; and characters so lovingly drawn we can't help but root for them.

Forbes lists the most successful children's book characters in Hollywood.

At the Observer, John Lydon of PiL and the Sex Pistols recounts the musical soundtrack of his life.

The Los Angeles Times points out landmarks of a literary tour of Manhattan.

The Boston Herald offers a "his 'n' hers" guide to musical twosomes.

The Guardian profiles author John le Carre.

Le Carre, whose real name is David Cornwell, worked as a spy for British intelligence at the height of the cold war in the 1950s and early 1960s. He used the experience to create a fictional world, full of moral ambiguity, professional compromise and institutional corruption, that felt vividly real. The signature clarity of his prose was matched only by the distinctive murkiness of what it described.

Digital City lists the best cities for live music scenes.

Newsarama reviews the graphic novel, Pinocchio: Vampire Slayer.

Win Peter & Max: A Fables Novel and Fables: The Deluxe Edition, Book One in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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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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