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November 4, 2011

Shorties (Cass McCombs, William Gibson, and more)

Stream Cass McCombs' new album Humor Risk at Stereogum.


The Paris Review interviews author William Gibson. (via)


The Associated Press lists five great films that share their titles with songs.


The New York Times lists the best illustrated children's books of 2011.


The Chicago Tribune shares Laurie Anderson's recent comments about music and technology.

Her astute observations extended to sonics—and why it's beneficial to watch animals listen to their surroundings. "It's sickening to make music that becomes MP3s," Anderson stated, denouncing the popular technology that's elevated portable devices such as the iPod into becoming today's leading music-delivery mechanisms. She explained how compression destroys the spatial aspects of recordings, and accused the technique of lessening our experience with aural sensuality. To illustrate her points, she invoked dogs and their exquisite sense of hearing before launching into a humorous albeit sincere story about devising a "Music for Dogs" concert in Australia that she deemed the best day of her life.


Fictionaut interviews author Brock Clarke.


The Financial Times offers an interactive infographic about the iPod's 10 year history.


The New York Times reviews Haruki Murakami's latest novel, 1Q84.


Erin Morgenstern shares a stream of her Largehearted Boy Book Notes playlist for her novel The Night Circus.


The Tesco Books Blog interviews Stephen King about his new novel 11.22.63.


The Brewery Sessions is a new website that combines music, beer, and live sessions.


The Guardian examines the current craze for long books.

Has there ever been an autumn season so rich in fat books? George RR Martin's latest fantasy whopper, A Dance with Dragons (1,040 pages), was swiftly followed by Neal Stephenson's sci-fi epic Reamde (912); and their efforts will be joined on Tuesday by Stephen King's 11.22.63, depicting a time-travelling teacher seeking to prevent John F Kennedy's assassination, which, while failing to match the 1,074 pages of King's previous novel, Under the Dome, still asserts that he can keep up with the upstarts in reality-altering fiction by coming in at 740 pages.


The Sun profiles Wilco.


In the New York Times, author Walter Mosley recounts his youth in Los Angeles.


World Cafe streams a live performance by Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks.


Slate offers excerpts from Lynda Barry's new book Everything: Volume 1.


Win the new Steve Jobs biography and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.


Amazon MP3 has 100 holiday albums on sale for $5.

Amazon MP3 has 100 digital albums on sale for $5.


Follow me on Twitter, Google+, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.


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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