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October 29, 2011

Shorties (The Man Asian Literary Prize Longlist, Wild Flag, and more)

The 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize longlist has been named.

Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributor Rahul Bhattacharya, Tahmima Aman, and Anuradha Roy.

Austinist interviews Carrie Brownstein about her new band, Wild Flag.

The Guardian lists 10 of the best women dressed as men in literature.

Death and Taxes lists great Halloween albums.

The Vancouver Sun reviews Helen Oyeyemi's new novel Mr. Fox.

Oyeyemi's Mr. Fox, it develops, is a series of reworkings and examinations of the Bluebeard tale and its spiritual brethren, including the Mr. Fox tale and the stories of Reynardine, the fox. The reworkings of the traditional stories, the fresh contexts, and their juxtapositions within the book and within the narrative framework both affirm and twist the significance and meaning of the original tales in ways that would require a lengthy academic paper to even come close to unpacking fully.

Book Riot explores what the Occupy Wall Street protesters are reading.

Spinner interviews Tommy Stinson about the possibility of a Replacements reunion.

We know you've been asked a lot about a reunion. Do you ever want to say, "Listen, thank you for all the love but we're just not doing this?"

We pretty much don't need to say that. There's not much of a chance of it anyway. I think that Chris [Mars, drummer] has moved on from the music business altogether. Paul and I might play again together, every couple of years we hook up and do something together, whatever. I don't think there's a need to do it. We've done it once and ... I think people would be kind of happy if we did it but at this point, I can't see any point to it. We'd have to do it where we could have fun with it and not be so mindful of the baggage that goes with it. I don't think Paul could do that. I think he's still stuck with being Paul. It would be too daunting of a task.

The National Post reviews Haruki Murakami's new novel 1Q84.

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

Kate Beaton talks to the Toronto Star about her new comics collection, Hark! A Vagrant.

"I think that anybody who inadvertently starts a blog or a comic online will give a piece of themselves because they can't believe someone’s reading it. There's no institution, you are just yourself. You can't help but be a personality. I had to learn over time how much of myself I wanted to give over and how much I wanted to hold onto. Like when I changed the name of the site from my name too Hark A Vagrant. It used to be but I got rid of that because I didn't want to be the focus of the comic. I wanted the comic to be."

The Guardian is streaming Summer Camp's new album, Welcome to Condale (out November 8th).

The Independent profiles the band.

Summer Camp have been a buzz band ever since they posted their first songs online, joining a wave of American bands favouring nostalgic lo-fi synth-pop, including Best Coast and Active Child. Considering the hype heralding their arrival two years ago, the album has been long anticipated.

Neil Gaiman talks to All Things Considered about his novel The Graveyard Book.

The Record lists eight completely embarrassing music videos.

William Peter Blatty talks to Weekend Edition about the 40th anniversary revised edition of his novel The Exorcist.

A Blog Supreme recommends five "hauntingly hip sides" for your jazz Halloween.

Word Magazine shares a Google map of places featured on album covers.

Contextual Life recommends dark fantasy novels to help get you ready for Halloween.

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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