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October 8, 2011

Shorties (Stephen Malkmus, Alison Bechdel, and more)

The Republic interviews Stephen Malkmus about his new album, Mirror Traffic.

The A.V. Club Chicago interviews cartoonist Alison Bechdel about editing The Best American Comics 2011.

At the Guardian, Adam Thirwell and Jeffrey Eugenides talk writing.

The Washington Post talks to indie band Deleted Scenes about the city's music scene.

The Globe and Mail reviews Art Spiegelman's new book, MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic, Maus.

The danger of a book like MetaMaus is that it could displace the original work in the way that a behind-the-curtains view of a magic show replaces wonderment with technical knowledge. MetaMaus avoids this pitfall in large part because we’re won over by Spiegelman's voice, supremely analytical and intelligent while also respecting the unanswerable mysteries of artistic creation.

The Montreal Gazette profiles iconic singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel.

Jere Gettle talks to Morning Edition about his new book, The Heirloom Life Gardener.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah frontman Alec Ounsworth talks about the band's reunion with Pop & Hiss.

William Kennedy talks to All Things Considered about his new novel, Chango's Beads and Two-tone Shoes.

Weekend Edition profiles the band Sloan.

And, as in any democracy, there are lots of different ways of getting things done. Sloan has released albums of straight-ahead power pop and 1970s influenced hard rock. They've put out a White Album-style 30-song double record. Their 10th and latest studio release, The Double Cross, came out this year, with 12 songs, three per singer.

Flavorwire lists 10 disturbingly brilliant graphic novels.

Prefix lists the 10 best musical guests on The Simpsons.

At the Daily Beast, Malcolm Gladwell lists his favorite books featuring outliers.

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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