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October 10, 2011

Shorties (Stream the New My Brightest Diamond Album, Jeffrey Eugenides, and more)

NPR is streaming the new My Brightest Diamond album, All Things Will Unwind (out October 18th).

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

Goodreads: The Marriage Plot opens with a description of a character's bookshelves. Like many college students, the novel's central trio —Madeleine, Mitchell, and Leonard—are greatly influenced by the books they are reading. Do you believe that you can know a person by what they read?

Jeffrey Eugenides: I think you can know a lot about someone from their books, and I've certainly done that before on my first and early dates with people. Seeing the wrong books can spell disaster. You can certainly know what someone's interests are. You can place them socially and intellectually. It's always bad to have a snap judgment either from clothes or books, but we all do it. I do it. It's probably not fair, but compared to how someone looks or is dressed, I think books are a better measure of the person.

NPR is streaming the new Real Estate album, Days (out October 18th). interviews author George R.R. Martin.

USA Today profiles the band Blitzen Trapper.

The Millions shares an appreciation for bad bookstores.

Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons talk to Weekend Edition about Def Jam Records' first 25 years.

NPR is streaming the new Body Language album, Social Studies (out October 18th).

At The Rumpus, Jennifer Gilmore interviews Elissa Schappell about her new book, Blueprints for Building Better Girls.

The Rumpus: Blueprints for Building Better Girls chronicles, in many ways, the perils of growing up female. Can you discuss taking on this litany of female "problems," like anorexia, rape, miscarriage, "sluttiness"?

Elissa Schappell: The truth is, I didn't start out with a plan to take on anything, save for the voices in my head, and all these ideas I was formulating about what it means to be a girl or woman in America today. It wasn't until I'd written a few stories that I noticed what I was doing was creating these archetypal female characters—the slut, the good girl, the bad mother, the party girl, all these women we think we know—and making them complicated human beings. Subverting the reader's expectations of who they were. Who the culture says they are, or should be.

Bjork talks to Morning Edition about her new album, Biophilia (out tomorrow) and the apps it inspired.

Drowned in Sound interviews singer-songwriter Jeffrey Lewis about his new album, A Turn in the Dream-Songs (out October 11th).

Eric Carle talks to Weekend Edition about his new children's book, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse.

Cults visits The Current studio for a live performance and interview.

Jason Zinoman talks to All Things Considered about his new book, Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Deas Vail's self-titled album.

BookedinChico interviews author Peter Geye about his novel Safe from the Sea.

Win Wye Oak's album Civilian (or a $25 Amazon gift certificate) along with 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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