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September 9, 2011

Shorties (Haruki Murakami, Neko Case Cover Songs, and more)

The Wall Street Journal offers a PDF excerpt of Chapter one from Haruki Murakami's latest novel, 1Q84.

Cover Me shares a collection of covers of Neko Case songs.

The Boston Globe profiles singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow.

In McMorrow's case, his influences include heaps of Faulkner, Steinbeck, and Fitzgerald. The self-taught musician and recording engineer has otherwise soaked up everything available. He learned to play drums by playing along to hardcore bands; he learned to record music by listening to hip-hop albums by artists like the Neptunes.

The Christian Science Monitor recommends two new debut novels, Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus and Chad Harbach's The Art of Fielding.

Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor shares some of his favorite things with Spin.

FEARnet asks authors why they write horror fiction.

Consequence of Sound lists St. Vincent's best cover songs.

3:AM Magazine interviews author Blake Butler.

John Vanderslice talks to the Tallahassee Democrat about recording his latest album, White Wilderness.

The Wall Street Journal previews fall's big new books.

The Tuscaloosa News interviews singer-songwriter Jason Isbell.

Yelping with Cormac (McCarthy).

Drowned in Sound interviews Alex Gehring of possibly the best-named band ever, Ringo Deathstarr.

The Guardian reports that a new study finds that reading fiction improves empathy.

The Guardian has a new short story by Laila Lalami, "Echo."

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Pearl Jam's Ten album.

PW Comics World reviews the first 14 editions in DC Comics' relaunch of their superhero series.

Drowned in Sound is streaming A Winged Victory for the Sullen's debut album (out September 13th).

NPR reviews Brian Selznick's followup novel to The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Wonderstruck.

"Selznick's follow-up, Wonderstruck, is a slower, more ruminative book, less intricately constructed than Hugo Cabret but gentler in spirit. Once again, Selznick alternates text with pencil illustrations; this time the text tells one story while the pictures tell another, though at the end the stories intersect nicely."

The Record gathers post-9/11 live music experiences.

Hisham Matar talks to Morning Edition about his new novel Anatomy of a Disappearance.

The Future of Music Coalition is surveying US-based musicians about how they make money from music.

At NPR, John Freeman recommends three books told in the shadow of 9/11.

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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