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February 18, 2010

Shorties (Gil Scott-Heron, Andrew Porter, and more)

Gil Scott-Heron talks to the Telegraph about his new album, I'm New Here.

“I learnt early on that your audience take the songs in the way they want to rather than the way you might want them too,” he says. “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised – that was satire. People would try and argue that it was this militant message, but just how militant can you really be when you’re saying, 'The revolution will not make you look five pounds thinner’? My songs were always about the tone of voice rather than the words. A good comic will deliver a line deadpan – they let the audience laugh.”

The L Magazine interviews author Andrew Porter about his short fiction collection, The Theory of Light and Matter.

WXPN's World Cafe interviews former Husker Du member Grant Hart.

Vue Weekly profiles YACHT.

"The indie-rock concert experience is very ritualistic and also very secretive; it's all very codified and we see that esthetically as being the same thing as being a marginalized or offshoot religious group," Evans explains. "To some extent we're trying to play with that relationship, to treat music culture and art culture with the same sort of reverence that people treat spiritual ideas and culture and as a result build a kind of community that's a little bit more thoughtful and intimate than the regular rock-band/rock-fan relationship that's largely based on idol worship, which is something we don't want."

The Long Island Press profiles the next generation of Long Island bands.

At Print, Peter Terzian profiles artists who paint books and book covers.

The Top 13 lists the top charity songs of all time.

The Washington City Paper's Arts Desk interviews Brian Case of the psych band Disappears.

WCP: But that tag, psychedelic, it’s really ambiguous. It can refer to a lot of different music. In what sense would you say your band is psychedelic?

Case: It’s hard to say. Psychedelic can mean so many things. Some people would consider a band like Free Design psychedelic and some people would consider Hawkwind psychedelic, but those two sound nothing alike. Um…I don’t know what our contribution to psych lexicon is. Probably all the acid we do.

Forbes profiles influential kidlit blogger Betsy Bird.

The Oregonian reviews Heidi Durrow's debut novel, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky.

Simply put, Durrow has written a beautiful novel. There is pain in it, but there is a great deal of love as well. Durrow doesn't wallow in emotion but deftly shows how people's minds work, how children's identities are formed. Rachel's struggle, though specific in detail, is universal in feel. All adolescents try to understand why the world is cruel. We all want to know who it is that we're supposed to be.

Read Durrow's Largehearted Boy music playlist for the book.

Flavorwire lists 10 literary classics made better as comic books.

BBC News interviews Sharona Alperin, the subject of The Knack's hit song, "My Sharona."

The London Free Press profiles cartoonist Jeff Lemire.

Elif Batuman talks to the New York Times about her new book, The Possessed: Adventures With Russian Books and the People Who Read Them.

An academic paper: "The Indie Rock Movement as Utopian."

Win copies of Peter Straub's new novel A Dark Matter and Emma Straub's novella Fly-Over State in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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