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August 12, 2011

Shorties (Literary Brooklyn: The Book, An Andrew Bird Tour Documentary, and more)

Evan Hughes talks to the Brooklyn Paper about his book, Literary Brooklyn: The Writers of Brooklyn and the Story of American City Life.

"With the richness of Brooklyn's literary history, I was surprised to find this book didn’t already exist," said Hughes, a literary critic who lives in Fort Greene. "It's hard to walk around without running into a writer or an editor or a literary agent."


Fever Year is a forthcoming Andrew Bird tour documentary.


Filmmaker and writer Miranda July talks future projects with the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Her next project is a nonfiction book that comes out in the fall. In "It Chooses You," July interviews people she cold-called through for-sale ads in the Los Angeles PennySaver ad circular. "And then I'm also working on a novel; that's the next big thing and God only knows how long that'll take. And I always have movie ideas, so I'm always working on a few things at once." Sounds like time for a fresh to-do list.


Stephen Earnhart, the director of a stage adaptation of Haruki Murakami's novel The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, talks to The List about the play.

"One of the first connection points between myself and Murakami was David Lynch," Earnhart recalls. "What Murakami shares with Lynch is a dream logic. He is very into points of contact; they can be very serendipitous or literal, but, sometimes, they don't make any logical sense at all, in the way that your dreams mix reality with imagination. When I was reading Murakami I started dreaming about the characters; I've heard other people saying they had a similar experience."


The Tuscaloosa News interviews singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle.


At Slate, authors, critics,, and editors list overrated "great" books.


Stereogum interviews reggae legend Jimmy Cliff.


Author Helen Phillips shares a music playlist at The Outlet.


Jennifer Gilmore shares her writing environment at Write Place, Write Time.


Aquarium Drunkard interviews Henry Rollins.

AD: While you’ve long been involved in various forms of media/art, from music, spoken word and radio to your books and acting, your upcoming project, Occupants, a photo/essay collection breaks new ground for you. What itch is photography now scratching?

Henry Rollins: There are, to me, things that a photograph can capture that words, at least when I use them, cannot. So, I started carrying a camera. As the years went on, I would upgrade the camera as I wanted to do more. I learned a lot by just going out for several hours a day, with a basic understanding of light, exposure and f-stop. I got some good tips and as soon as I had a better understanding of how all the factors can be moved around, I started to get the photographs to speak the way I wanted them to, to tell the stories that I could not.


At the Algonquin Books Blog, authors Wendy McClure and Lauren Grodstein interview each other.


Cover Me shares a collection of covers of Ben Gibbard songs.


Fresh Air interviews Adam Hochscild about his new book To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918.


The Guardian examines the new patrons of pop music, corporations.

On stage in the Barcelona sunshine, Katy B and her MC are giving their shout-outs, big-ups and general thanks, and suddenly everything seems connected. No, it's not a sangria-and-sunstroke-induced trip out, just an insight into the rising pop star's web of affiliations, and how they serve to illustrate the way the 21st-century music industry works. As they thank "the Rinse family", "the Red Bull family", "the Sonar family", it's becoming clear that this isn't just a performer's hyperbole, but that these organisations do act as a kind of benevolent music mafia.


August 28th is Read Comics in Public Day.


Fresh Air profiles singer-songwriter Sam Phillips.

Phillips has had a dodgy relationship with the music industry — which is to say, it's never been of much use to her. Her best early album, 1994's Martinis and Bikinis, didn't receive the exposure it deserved, and the kind of sonic experimentation she likes to conduct is not the sort of commercial work that results in the tidy packaging of an image and hit singles. Her long and fruitful work scoring and performing music for the Gilmore Girls TV show was at once great exposure and probably a little bit of a trap, in the way that identification with any mass-media phenomenon freezes your music in the minds of many listeners at a particular time.


Talk of the Nation interviews Brooke Gladstone about her book The Influencing Machine.


Amazon MP3 has 100 albums on sale for $5.


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also at Largehearted Boy:

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

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