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October 13, 2011

Shorties (Haruki Murakami, Tori Amos, and more)

The Christian Science Monitor profiles author Haruki Murakami.

Tori Amos talks to the A.V. Club about her music and songwriting.

Jeffrey Eugenides talks to the Associated Press about his new novel, The Marriage Plot.

"I don't usually start with the idea that I'm going to write a novel trying to reinvent or play with the marriage plot in a modern context," Eugenides says. "I just started writing about this girl in college and her romantic entanglements, her love of books and ... little by little it (the idea) worked its way in. It seemed to be intrinsic to the story. It took me a while to work that in and use it as a governing metaphor for the whole story."

Dean Wareham talks to Stuff about playing Galaxie 500 songs again.

The Nashville Scene interviews Donald Ray Pollock about his debut novel, The Devil All the Time.

The Playlist reports that Richard DeLillo's book The Longest Cocktail Party, which documents the Beatles' final years, is being adapted into a film.

Bookworm interviews Justin Torres about his novel, We the Animals.

CMT profiles the reunited Jayhawks, getting input from songwriters Gary Louris and Mark Olson about various points in the band's history.

On Point interviews Margaret Atwood about science fiction.

The Daily Beast lists America's greatest independent bookstores.

Pitchfork announced Forms, "full-on four-day multi-media festival" to be held in New York on February 1-4, 2012.

Stylist interviews Emma Donoghue about writing fiction based on real life events.

Billboard reports that Johnny Depp's company Infinitum Nihil will release the soundtrack to his next film, The Rum Diary, through Lakeshore Records.

At the New York Times, author Jami Attenberg recounts her obsession with a Brooklyn cafe's free book collection.

Attenberg also interviews author Elissa Schappell at eMusic.

Thalo Magazine interviews Sara Zarr about her latest novel, How to Save a Life and writing young adult fiction.

th: You write about teen pregnancy, child abuse, faith, and other serious subject matter that some critics argue shouldn’t be in young adult literature. Does that kind of negative media attention affect how you write your stories?

SZ: I write what I feel drawn to write. What aggravates me most about [those critics] is that the conversation implies that writers of YA have some special responsibility other writers don't. We're expected to be parents, teachers, advocates for literacy, and crusaders for certain issues. We're supposed to represent every cultural group and orientation, every worldview, and [in] the doing of it all, also protect the most vulnerable readers with the least involved parents. It's a lot to ask. Most writers I know write what they write because they have no other choice, not from an agenda or a desire to teach or parent. I rely on myself, my editor, and a few trusted colleagues to help me figure out the nuances of what is necessary to tell a story, and what is over the top or gratuitous.

Paste offers a glimpse into a day in the life of the band Cults.

Caustic Cover Critic shares covers of James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake through the years.

Vol. 1 Brooklyn imagines a world where Britpop artists ran the publishing industry.

Morning Edition examines the continued appeal of Joseph Heller's novel Catch-22 50 years after its publication.

At Rolling Stone, Thurston Moore lists his favorite punk songs.

The New York Times profiles the owner of Manhattan's McNally-Jackson Books.

Explosions in the Sky visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Talk of the Nation interviews Anita Hill about her new book, Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: the new Gourds album, Old Mad Joy.

At NPR, author Martha Southgate recommends three books for finicky folks.

Win Wye Oak's album Civilian (or a $25 Amazon gift certificate) along with a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Amazon MP3 has 100 digital 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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