January 19, 2011
Jack Move interviews author William Gibson.
The Guardian lists the top dead bodies in literature.
"The technology creates this little box that you're always pushing against the edges of," she says. "I find it really good to have these limitations of [recording] latency or RAM or even frustration — all those things are annoying, but they actually create the music." This goes double for her live shows, where her compositions sometimes wander off into new territories. "When I make mistakes I have to incorporate them into the performance, so many of my pieces are the result of happy accidents," she admits: "I'll do something onstage that might be a disaster, but I have to save it, and afterward I kind of like the way it happened. There's something about being frustrated with computers that leads to interesting musical forms."
NPR lists three modern fictional fables to capture your imagination.
The Village Voice has released the results of its 2010 Pazz and Jop music critics poll.
Alternative Press explains why even successful bands break up over money issues.
Stream this past week's Austin City Limits program featuring live performances by The National and Band of Horses.
PEN talks to Aleksandar Hemon, Yiyun Li, and others about the challenges of writing short stories, as well as their literary status.
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