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October 17, 2011

Shorties (Haruki Murakami, Overrated Lyricists, and more)

The BBC News examines the continued rise in popularity of author Haruki Murakami.

Flavorwire lists 10 of rock and roll's most overrated lyricists.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette profiles author Jonathan Franzen.

The Telegraph offers an excerpt from Martin Amis's interview at last week's Hay Festival in Mexico.

Flavorwire shares a guide to CMJ 2011.

NPR lists three notable midwestern novels.

Paste lists the 20 most underrated bass guitarists.

Towerlight interviews cartoonist Ellen Forney.

Book Riot lists songs based on books and authors.

Cartoonist Daniel Clowes talks to The Varsity about creating comics.

"I'm trying to be as honest as I can in my work and trying to find a way to communicate the unspeakable things that go on in my inner life. Things that I couldn't quite articulate in a sentence, I'm trying to express through these created worlds and characters interacting with each other, and explore the various things that I find interesting, or exciting or anxiety provoking, or that engender some kind of emotion in me."

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Wild Flag's self-titled debut album.

The Atlantic offers an excerpt from Jim Ottoviani's brilliant graphic novel Feynman.

NPR Music shares a streaming mix of artists performing at this week's CMJ Music Marathon.

This week Five Chapters is serializing a new short story by Justin Taylor.

NPR is streaming both discs of The Bridge School Concerts: 25th Anniversary Edition (out October 24th), which feature live performances by Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Fleet Foxes, and others.

Flavorwire lists 10 contemporary south Asian writers you should know.

William Shatner talks to All Things Considered about his space-themed album, Seeking Major Tom.

At The Millions, Jeffrey Eugenides explains how he wrote his new novel, The Marriage Plot.

Appropriately, The Marriage Plot arose from an act of literary adultery. In the late 90s, during an impasse in the writing of Middlesex, I put the manuscript aside. (I hadn’t fallen out of love, exactly, but I wasn’t sure where the relationship was headed.) Over the following weeks I began flirting with another novel, not a comic epic like Middlesex but a more traditional story about a wealthy family throwing a debutante party. At first, the new novel seemed to be everything I was looking for. It was less demanding, easy to be with, and rather nicely proportioned. Before I knew it I'd written a hundred pages – at which point the novelty wore off. It dawned on me that this new affair was going to be every bit as demanding as the book I was trying to escape. I missed Middlesex, too. I had an idea why we hadn’t been getting along. And so, with a renewed sense of commitment, almost giddy with joy, I went back to it.

Slate interviews Eugenides.

Win the Anthology Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! and 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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