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October 30, 2011

Shorties (Jeffrey Eugenides, Halloween Music, and more)

Jacket Copy interviews Jeffrey Eugenides about his new novel, The Marriage Plot.

JC: People are starting to notice that a generation of writers, which includes you and Jonathan Franzen, are wrestling with the question of how you create a novel after postmodernism.

JE: Schoenberg said it's still possible to write music in C major, and that's coming from Mister Experimental himself. That strikes a chord in me; I think with the novel, at a certain point you realize it's still possible to write in C major and have some kind of narrative content. And meaningful characters that readers can, you know it's an old-fashioned term, but people can fall in love with the characters and become caught up in their lives. If you don't have that, you cease to have the kind of novel that can be compelling.

The Washington Times recommends scary Halloween music.

The Independent and New York Daily News review Haruki Murakami's new novel 1Q84.

Britscene lists five Welsh bands you should be listening to.

At the Wall Street Journal, Helen Oyeyemi lists the five best novels with spinster protagonists.

USA Today profiles the band Dawes.

Los Angeles-based band Dawes, known for its crunchy, textural country-rock, prefers to keep it simple. "Our music is very direct. It's bare-bones rock," says frontman Taylor Goldsmith, 26. "We don't have any effects, loops, you won't hear any reverb at our shows." That focus has brought Dawes the respect of some high-profile artists. Robbie Robertson and Jackson Browne have hailed Goldsmith's songwriting, and the band has opened for Alison Krauss & Union Station, as well as Bright Eyes and M. Ward.

The 20 Best Books About Gender Studies.

The Observer profiles Spector, "East London's answer to the Strokes."

Jeanette Winterson talks to the Telegraph about her new memoir, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal.

Popdust shares a Halloween playlist.

Flavorwire lists the 10 best villains in literature.

The Rumpus interviews Steve Almond about his new story collection, God Bless America.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Sonic Youth's Hits Are for Squares compilation.

The Observer lists the 10 best graphic novels.

Weekend Edition profiles singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan.

NPR reviews and excerpts from Joan Didion's new memoir, Blue Nights.

World Cafe host David Dye celebrates the show's 20th anniversary by listing his 20 favorite interview and studio sessions.

Andy Borowitz talks to All Things Considered about his book The 50 Funniest American Writers.

NPR is streaming concerts and featuring interviews from this weekend's Moogfest music festival.

Win the new Steve Jobs biography 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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