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November 7, 2009

Shorties (Free Pixies EP, Paul Auster, and more)

The Pixies are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their Doolittle album by giving away a free live EP.

NPR reviews (and excerpts from) Paul Auster's latest novel, Invisible.

The Telegraph also reviews the book.

The Times Picayune visits New Orleans' William Faulkner House.

Stranglue interviews the members of Espers.

LPCoverLover is a blog devoted to album cover art.

Faber & Faber interviews its author, Barbara Kingsolver, about her new novel, The Lacuna.

The linguistic and historical detail of this book is seamlessly integrated into the various voices and locales. Was this a matter of immersing yourself completely in research until the characters came to life, or did you start with the characters and work backwards?

I always begin with theme. I knew what I wanted this book to say about art and language, freedom of expression, fame, privacy, journalism, and cultural identity. I built a plot that would carry my themes, and invented two principal characters - Harrison Shepherd and Violet Brown - who could dramatize my story. After that, I dressed the set with color and fragrance and noise, people and things. Technically, the historical figures function more as setting than characters, but I still had to make them lively and convincing. In the process they came to have their own roles to play, but always within the strict confines of truth. I feel strongly about that; their lives are not mine to appropriate. So I couldn’t, for instance, put real people into bed with anyone they didn’t actually have affairs with. Fortunately, this crowd gave me a wide playing field.

Audiotuts+ lists 47 sites every recording musician should visit.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel profiles author Margaret Atwood.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette interviews Le Loup frontman Sam Simkoff.

The New York Times reviews Stephen King's new novel, Under the Dome.

SheWired interviews Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara.

Newsday lists New York City rock and roll landmarks.

The New York Times reviews five YA novels about faeries.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

online "best of 2009" book lists
online "best of 2009" music lists
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)
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