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September 25, 2011

Shorties (Wild Flag, Robert Olen Butler, and more)

All Things Considered interviews Carrie Brownstein about her new band, Wild Flag.

"You think that tradition will grab hold of you at some point, and it just didn't. I see my friends going off and claiming these lives that we all thought we would have," she tells Guy Raz, host of NPR's weekends on All Things Considered. "I haven't settled down — I'm so much more restless than I've ever been. I find stillness to be very unsettling. So I think a lot of the songs on this record are grappling with that chaos and trying to figure out how to make it useful and powerful."


The Nervous Breakdown interviews author Robert Olen Butler.


At Bookforum, Andre Aciman points out several examples of intriguing immoral characters in fiction.


blogTO interviews Casey Mecija of the Toronto indie pop band Ohbijou about the band's new album, Metal Meets (out September 27th).

How would you describe the new LP? What's different about this record from your past releases?

This record for us is sonically more expansive than our previous albums. With the application of effects like reverb and delay we hoped to bring our songs into a moodier and bolder environment. As well, much of the records lyrics were inspired by books I was reading at the time and the travels the band experienced while being on tour. I think with the weight of more global perspectives and literary inquests this album looks at the world with more depth and complexity.


At the Observer, Claire Tomalin discusses her new book, Charles Dickens: A Life and writing biographies.


Salon explains what the 20th anniversary celebrations of Nirvana's Nevermind album get wrong.


The Richmond Times Dispatch reviews Chad Harbach's debut novel, The Art of Fielding.


io9 lists the top 10 scientist rock stars.


At The Nervous Breakdown, Greg Olear offers tips to help authors who have new novels.


Cover Lay Down shares a collection of covers of R.E.M. songs.


Chef Mario Batali lists some of his favorite books for the New York Post.


Drowned in Sound interviews Peter Murphy about Bauhaus and his solo work.


Mental Floss shares a brief history of Golden Books.


Win Chad Harbach's debut novel The Art of Fielding and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.


Amazon MP3 has 100 albums on sale for $5.


Follow me on Twitter, Google+, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.


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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