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April 17, 2011

Shorties (tUnE-yArDs, George R.R. Martin, and more)

All Things Considered interviews Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs about her new album, w h o k i l l (out April 19th).

Author George R.R. Martin responds to a negative New York Times review of the HBO series Game of Thrones, based on a series of books he wrote.

But the startling assertion in the TIMES review that women could not possibly like fantasy unless a lot of graphic sex was added to it (??) has prompted me to break my "no comment" rule. At least to extent of this post.

I see this morning that legions of female fantasy readers and self-proclaimed "geek girls" and "scifi chicks" have risen up all over the internet to say all the things that I'm too polite and too busy to say. And a lot more besides. I'd link to their blogs and posts here, but it would take hours. Google will lead you to them, if you're interested. It would seem that so many outraged emails and posts poured into the TIMES that they had to shut down the comments section for the review.

With his final novel The Pale King just released, Flavorwire offers a primer to the works of David Foster Wallace.

The San Francisco Chronicle reviews the book.

The New York Times interviews singer-songwriter and author Alina Simone and author Alina Bronsky.

Time asks horror authors, filmmakers and celebrities to discuss what scares them.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: the 10-track Lost Highway 10th Anniversary Sampler album, which features songs by Ryan Adams, Lucinda Williams, and others.

The Chicago Sun-Times profiles Portland's Powell's Books.

The Philadelphia Inquirer profiles two alt-country singer-songwriters, Hayes Carll and Jason Isbell.

All Things Considered profiles Colin Stetson.

The sound that begins Colin Stetson's newest album is like a massive oil tanker listing into jagged rock, tearing away at the hull. In fact, it's merely Stetson's chosen instrument, the bass saxophone — and from those earliest notes, you realize the sheer power of the horn in the hands of a master.

Weekend Edition interviews k.d. lang about her new album, Sing It Loud.

Robot 6 lists the six best stories from Mome, Fantagraphics' quarterly comics compilation that ends its run this year.

Required Reading is a series of posters inspired by classic 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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