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July 12, 2011

Shorties (Rufus Wainwright, George R.R. Martin, and more)

Drowned in Sound reviews Rufus Wainwright's new 19-disc box set, House of Rufus.

A more comprehensive collection of an artist's career to date, you'd be hard pushed to find. The songs are of universally high quality - surprisingly so for a collection like this. And it's always nice to have everything - or, at least, the vast majority of it - in one place.

Drowned in Sound also interviews Wainwright about the collection.

The Atlantic interviews George R.R. Martin about his new novel, A Dance with Dragons.

"I've always agreed with William Faulkner—he said that the human heart in conflict with itself is the only thing worth writing about. I've always taken that as my guiding principle, and the rest is just set dressing. I mean, you can have a dragon, you can have a science fiction story set on a distant planet with aliens and starships, you can have a western about a gunslinger, or a mystery novel about a private eye, or even literary fiction—and ultimately you're still writing about the human heart in conflict with itself. So that's the way I try to approach this thing. And while I may work within a genre, I've never liked to be bound by them. I have a lot of fun in frustrating genre expectations, using a bit of this or a bit of that, and doing something that hasn't been done before."

The online list of 2011 summer reading lists has been updated with the Seattle Times' list of science fiction, urban fantasy and steampunk, The Kitchn's favorite cookbooks, and much more.

PopMatters profiles the Felice Brothers.

The Record examines how the internet changed the American rave scene.

The Birmingham News profiles author Adam Ross.

Singer-songwriter Ben Sollee plays a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music.

At the Daily Mail, author John Le Carre reflects on his work at MI6.

NPR Music lists 100 songs that "messed with Texas."

Vulture reports that Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn is recording a solo album.

Brian Eno talks to the Guardian about modern bands he has influenced.

Halfway House Music shares a 22-song summer mix.

The A.V. Club interviews author Neil Gaiman.

HearYa lists the best albums of 2011 so far.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

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

Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's new comics & graphic novels)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's new books)
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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