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October 30, 2010

Shorties (Paul McCartney, Michel Houellebecq, and more)

Paul McCartney talks to the Irish Independent about recording Wings' Band on the Run album (a remastered edition is out November 2nd).

Artinfo lists 7 things to know about Michel Houellebecq's "shocking new art-world novel" (La Carte et Le Territoire, The Map and the Territory).

The Montreal Gazette profiles Wintersleep.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reviews actress Hillary Duff's new novel.

The book is hardly execrable -- though one cringes when characters living in Renaissance Italy (you read that right) say things like "Deal with it" and "Your ex-girlfriend hates me." And the friendship between Clea and the daughter of the horse whisperer is nicely drawn. It's also more skillfully written than any of the "Twilight" books, though the baying of hounds, transcribed, would best Stephenie Meyer's prose.

Variety examines the proliferation of record labels devoted to film soundtracks.

Jonathan Franzen talks to BBC News about his latest novel, Freedom.

“It has its own chapters and satisfying or unsatisfying endings, and there’s nothing for the novelist to do but run along afterwards,” he says. “That’s not a position for any novelist to be in. We lead; we don't tag along.”

The Pacific Northwest Inlander profiles Best Coast.

Stylistically, Best Coast — comprised of Cosentino, guitarist Bobb Bruno and drummer Ali Koehler — varies from fuzzy, lo-fi indie rock to charming torch songs, all led by Cosentino's classic vocals. Think Jenny Lewis fronting Vivian Girls. (Incidentally, Koehler is a former member of the latter.) But in terms of subject matter, it's pretty much all longing, all the time — not that there's anything wrong with that. The loose theme, to hear Cosentino tell it, just sort of happened. A product of her subconscious. Of course, a recent girl-group binge didn't hurt.

At the Wall Street Journal, Cynthia Ozick lists five books "on innocence and innocence lost."

The Chicago Tribune examines how small horror presses are filling the gaps left by big publishers.

Kristin Hersh talks to Soundcheck about her memoir, Rat Girl.

BBC News ponders the value of editing in modern fiction.

Old-school commentators fear publishing houses now treat books as a commodity, a product to be bought, developed and sold like any other. It is not just the editing that is slapdash, they say, but the whole process that takes a book from conception to the bookshop shelf. reports that streaming music service Spotify is now the top-tier music revenue source in Sweden.

The New York Times profiles Mario Vargas Llosa, Nobel prize winner for literature and Princeton professor.

Hypebot shares an infographic comparing artist revenue from record labels and independently released music.

LA Observed interviews Mark Z. Danielewski about his book, The 50 Year Sword and its theatrical adaptation.

The Toronto Star examines how touring has changed for musicians in the digital age.

Brand X lists four spooky comic books for Halloween.

The Portland Biz Journal reports that Powell's Books has bought 7,000 books from the personal library of Anne Rice.

For Halloween, All Songs Considered shares a list of "tunes that terrify."

The Guardian reviews the newly released The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Stars' The Five Ghosts album.

The CBC lists its "Canada Reads" list of the top 40 Canadian books of the past decade.

The Black Angels visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

At the Barnes and Noble Review, food columnist and author Amanda Hesser lists her favorite novels.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily links from the worlds of music, literature, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's comics & graphic novel releases)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's book releases)
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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