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October 15, 2011

Shorties (Patti Smith, Literary Pumpkins, and more)

The New York Times magazine profiles multi-talented singer-songwriter Patti Smith.

Literary pumpkins.

Coming November 21st: three Rush 5-CD box sets (Sector 1, Sector 2, Sector 3), spanning the band's entire Mercury Records recording career.

Financial Times examines the growth of the thriller literary genre in both popularity and critical acclaim.

The National Post excerpts from Margaret Atwood's new essay collection In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination.

The Salt Lake Tribune interviews author Marilynne Robinson.

Variety profiles singer-songwriter Paul Simon.

The Rumpus interviews Stuart Nadler about his short story collection, The Book of Life.

At The Difference, former president Bill Clinton shares his top 20 songs of all time.

Entertainment Weekly discusses the list.

SF Signal shares an interactive flowchart of NPR's top 100 science fiction and fantasy books.

Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne talks buying human skulls with Pop & Hiss.

The Wall Street Journal reviews Haruki Murakami's new novel 1Q84.

The Irish Times remembers guitarist Bert Jansch.

The New York Times reviews Craig Thompson's new graphic novel Habibi.

The Record lists seven protest songs with longevity.

The Montreal Gazette interviews cartoonist Daniel Clowes about his new graphic novel, The Death-Ray.

Talk of the Nation interviews Ariel Dorfman about his new book, Feeding on Dreams: Confessions of an Unrepentant Exile.

The Other Woman interviews singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler.

The Nervous Breakdown interviews Greg Olear about his new novel, Fathermucker.

Nerve recommends five Icelandic albums you should be listening to right now.

The New York Times reviews Art Spiegelman's new book MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic, Maus.

The Guardian reports yet another Stone Roses reunion rumor.

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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