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February 27, 2011

Shorties (Dum Dum Girls, Neglected Literary Classics, and more)

At Blare, Dum Dum Girls frontwoman Dee Dee Penny discusses her favorite album, Spiritualized's Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space.

Penny also talks to the Boston Globe about the band's origins:

"When I started Dum Dum Girls, it was documenting learning how to write songs and recording them and really having no interest in being in a band," she says. "It went like this: I wrote five songs on my nylon-stringed acoustic guitar, and I realized I obviously have a love for folk music and I'm a huge Mamas & Papas fan. I could have recorded an album that sounded like that, but that's not where my interest is right now. I wanted it to be tougher than that. So it made a lot of sense to pair the melodies and pretty harmonies with something tougher."

The Guardian lists the 10 best neglected literary classics.

On sale at Amazon MP3 for $2.99: Glasser's Ring album.

Jonathan Evison talks to the Deseret News about his new novel, West of Here.

Members of the Human League talk to the Observer about their most recent reunion.

Mike Watt talks to the New York Times about how he found inspiration for his most recent album in Renaissance paintings.

Benjamin Hale talks to the Chicago Sun-Times about his new novel, The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore.

"Because the premise is absurd, the only way I knew how to do it was to make the character as full as possible," he said, explaining that he had to give Bruno — the eponymous talking chimp hero — all his own hopes and fears and anxieties, plus the ability to experience love, to make the character conceivably "human."

The New York Times examines Amazon's sales of "Kindle singles," digital short stories and essays.

Salon offers an excerpt from Mike Sacks' new essay collection, Your Wildest Dreams Within Reason.

One True Thing interviews Amy Greene about her novel Bloodroot.

The Observer profiles The Unthanks.

'I think," says Rachel Unthank, "that people, some people, are into things that feel a bit more handcrafted just now. People are knitting again because they like the idea of making their own clothes; they go to farmers' markets because they like to know where their food is from; and they want to know a bit where their music comes from as well." Rachel, the elder of the singing sisters who lead the Unthanks, is trying to explain the current revival of interest in English folk music. And pointedly, unlike some of the acoustic bands that are picking up prizes and hail vaguely from west London, there is no doubting where the Unthanks fell to earth.

Novelr profiles Amanda Hocking, a exceptionally successful self-published novelist.

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