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November 15, 2009

Shorties (Fanfarlo, Melvin Van Peebles' Graphic Novel, and more)

Fanfarlo visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.


The Miami Herald interviews filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles about his graphic novel, Confessions Of A Ex-Doofus Itchy-Footed Mutha.


The Seattle Times offers a "vampire tour" of Seattle.


The Miami New Times interviews author Tao Lin.

Hmm ... Before I read any of your stuff, I heard online hype about "Tao Lin." Do you have any interest in that sort of thing, being a web celeb?

I have interest in being known because it means more people will buy my books, my writing will be worth more to newspapers or magazines, and I'll have more opportunities and options in my life in that I will meet more potential friends or other people of interest to me. The more people that know who I am the better of a chance, I feel, I will have of having "steady cash flow without a real job" and "friends that I like" and "the resources that I need to do certain things that I find artistically satisfying or exciting."


The Independent reviews The United States of McSweeney's: Ten Years of Accidental Mistakes.

There's a kind of a theme here, a thoroughly American one, and it runs throughout the anthology: immigrants and newcomers, untethered by geography or circumstance, and desperate to find new rules by which to live. At its best, the McSweeney's imprimatur has been a catalyst for a stream of superb short fiction that grapples with these questions, and – while it's a shame that such marvellous writers as T Coraghessan Boyle and Michael Chabon have been excluded, presumably because they need no further help to build a reputation – that mission is by and large fulfilled here, too.


Fulham soccer manager Roy Hodgson discusses literature with the Observer.

In football, you can always find another right-back, but Hodgson's fascination for literature is such that he has exhausted many of the "greats" and may need an army of book-reviewing scouts to keep his mind stretched, away from the training ground, where he is omni-present, and Capello-like in his imposition of principles.

"Indignation. Very, very good, it was," he is saying. "I thought I'd read them all. Isaac Bashevis Singer and [Saul] Bellow are two others. The problem I have now is that I'm always trying to find new authors, because ones like Updike and Roth and Bellow – you end up reading them all. Those people are hard to find. I found one recently: Sebastian Barry – The Secret Scripture and The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty."


On sale at Amazon MP3: the Cars' classic 11-track Candy-O album for $2.99


Talkback on Publishers Weekly interviews comics artist Eddie Campbell.


Discover some new music (and music blogs) with the Music Alliance Pact's November edition (featuring 34 songs by 34 bands from 34 countries presented by 34 blogs).


NPR's All Things Considered profiles George Harrison's son, Dhani Harrison.


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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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