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September 16, 2011

Shorties (Wilco, Neil Gaiman, and more)

The Wall Street Journal interviews Jeff Tweedy about the new Wilco album, The Whole Love (out September 27th).

At Bleeding Cool, Neil Gaiman talks with Audrey Niffenegger.

Salon and the Oregonian review Chad Harbach's wonderful debut novel, The Art of Fielding.

The A.V. Club lists bands that should have been bigger.

The Catonsville High School Comet recommends 25 indie album musts for your lifetime.

The Literarian interviews author Margaret Atwood.

In the New York Times, John Ortved solicits Fashion Week playlist tips from participating DJs.

Flavorwire lists literary characters who would be best friends in real life.

Goodreads now offers book recommendations.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: The Arcade Fire's The Suburbs album.

The Huffington Post interviews author Nicole Krauss.

What advice do you have for writers?

It depends on who the writer is. Writing is incredibly hard work. Thinking itself is hard, and growing harder and harder under the tyranny of technologies of distraction. Writing, which is an elevated form of thinking, is even harder, and doing it in a sustained way over the course of a few years isn't exactly a walk in the park. People often ask about the physical details of how a writer works--where, when, with what mechanism--as if it will reveal some hidden mystery as to how it's done. But all of that is, of course, largely irrelevant. So, to begin with, writing requires time and tremendous will. Just to do it regularly, to persevere and not give up. The other necessary element, for me, is freedom, a spirited conviction that you are going to allow yourself to do whatever you want to do in the work, however unpromising or ill-advised it may seem.

Fresh Air interviews singer-songwriter Nick Lowe about his career in music and new album, The Old Magic.

Talk of the Nation interviews filmmaker Michael Moore about his new book, Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life.

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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