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September 24, 2011

Shorties (Simpsons Literary References, R.E.M. in 1987, and more)

The Globe and Mail interviews author Maurice Sendak.

You once said you based the Wild Things on your elderly, uncouth Jewish relatives. Have you become one yourself?

The Atlantic shares a visual history of literary references on The Simpsons.

Rolling Stone reprinted its 1987 R.E.M. cover article about the band.

The Guardian lists 10 of the best thin men in literature.

The Globe and Mail previews fall's biggest albums.

Apparently I have, and I’m not even a relative. It's just being Jewish and old age. I've become an old person like the old Jews I knew. Sort of bitter, yet not bitter. I would say strangely that this is a good time for me. This is a good time for me to put aside all kinds of things and just to go back what it was like when I fell in love with William Blake and saw the world through his eyes for a minute and was so happy. And that world still exists in spite of us. This is the only time I have ever felt a kind of inner peace.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Amy Winehouse's Back to Black album.

Guitarist Nels Cline talks to Pop & Hiss about first joining Wilco.

The Book Bench profiles author Flann O'Brien as the 100th anniversary of his birth approaches.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album.

The Toronto Star profiles cartoonist Graig Thompson and his new graphic novel, Habibi.

Death & Taxes also talks to Thompson about the book.

At Boing Boing, Cory Doctorow reviews the graphic novel.

Susan Orlean talks to Weekend Edition about her new book, Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend.

Peter Wolf Crier visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

We Who Are About to Die interviews author Christopher Bollen.

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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