January 16, 2011
The most powerful of Mr Toibin’s stories are those set in Ireland, the most intense his guilty couplings of gay men. This last is something new; the author has been reticent about writing explicit sex scenes in the past. Yet to see Mr Toibin as a gay Irish writer is to misjudge the complexities of his emotional range as a storyteller. These stories are sweet—and Mr Toibin’s voice more assured with every new book he brings out.
The St. Petersburg Times lists actors who can sing (and those who can't).
The Philadelphia Inquirer profiles "new music incubator" Weathervane Music.
"With Weathervane, pop acts such as the Long Island indie quintet Twin Sister have gained access to resources that are not commonly available to scuffling bands on a no-budget business model. It's another example of the music business under today's ever-changing new rules, as the Internet makeover of the industry forces aspiring acts to adapt and build their careers in creative ways."
My own "best of 2010" book & music lists:
Coming later this month: my favorite free and legal mp3 downloads and favorite debut novels of the year.
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