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October 25, 2011

Shorties (Haruki Murakami's 1Q84, David Bowie, and more)

The Telegraph, Vanity Fair, and Cleveland Plain Dealer review Haruki Murakami's new novel, 1Q84 (out today).

The Quietus excerpts from Peter Doggett's new book The Man Who Sold The World: David Bowie And The 1970s.

Colson Whitehead talks to the Miami New-Times about his new novel Zone One.

The Faster Times interviews author Aliette de Bodard.

Have you always been sensitive to marginalized cultures?

That’s a tricky one… I’m not exactly sure what we mean by marginalized culture–I’m choosing to interpret this as "not mainstream where you and I hail from", but I’m aware there are degrees of marginalization, and that things can vary across the globe (you can argue, for instance, that Thai culture is marginalized in the US, but you can certainly not say the same about Thai culture within Thailand, or even within the Indochinese peninsula). If we go by this definition of marginalization, I'm not exactly in the dominant cultural ballpark. I live in France, but I don’t fully hail from a Western country, and there are bits and pieces of my cultural bedrock that are, not standard, for want of a better word?

The San Francisco Chronicle profiles the city's Bottom of the Hill club on its 20th anniversary.

The Magazine of Yoga interviews Jesse Browner about writing his novel Everything Happens Today.

The Faster Times lists five artists you may have missed at CMJ that you need to hear.

Comic Book Resources is covering the world's first mainstream postgraduate degree course in comics from one of the students' perspective.

Paste is streaming Surfer Blood's new EP Tarot Classics.

Diane Prokop interviews Jillian Lauren about writing her debut novel, Pretty.

A Google Map of places mentioned in Mountain Goats songs.

The CDC has posted an online comic, Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic to aid in disaster preparation.

All Things Considered interviews Joe Henry about his new album, Reverie.

The A.V. Club lists 12 works of art that provoked real-world social and/or legal change.

Jarvis Cocker talks songwriting and his new book of song lyrics with BBC News.

Morning Edition interviews Walter Isaacson about his new book, Steve Jobs: A Biography.

Pitchfork is streaming a new Mazzy Star song.

Martin Lindstrom talks to All Things Considered about his new book, Brandwashed: Tricks Companies Use to Manipulate Our Minds and Persuade Us to Buy.

Folk Alley shares a streaming mix of Halloween music.

Fresh Air interviews Harriet A. Washington about her new book, Deadly Monopolies: The Shocking Corporate Takeover of Life Itself--And the Consequences for Your Health and Our Medical Future.

Jewcy interviews Neal Pollack about his new book, Jewball.

Win Haruki Murakamki's new novel 1Q84 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)

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
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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