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November 23, 2011

Shorties (Jeffrey Eugenides, Jeffrey Lewis, and more)

The Christian Science Monitor interviews Jeffrey Eugenides about his new novel, The Marriage Plot.

What is the reason for putting so much literary theory at the start of your new novel?

There was a lot of literary theory in my life when I was in college, and as soon as I graduated, it began to fade away, as it does in my novel. It was a very passionate time for reading, as I recall, and a time when what you were reading was influencing the person you thought you were, or becoming, so I couldn’t imagine these characters without all the books they were reading.

The New York Times profiles singer-songwriter Jeffrey Lewis.

Mr. Lewis's shaky, semispoken delivery and his band’s ragged instrumentation give his music an air of tossed-off amateurism that obscures his tight, careful songwriting.

My annual List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists launched earlier this week, and will be updated as new lists emerge online.

The List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists was updated yesterday with 13 lists, including the New York Times notable books, the Telegraph's recommended music books and memoirs, and Chicago Magazine's best Chicago fiction of the year.. reports that Ewan McGregor will star in the television adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's novel The Corrections.

Paste lists the 11 most epic songs of the 21st century (so far).

At Bookforum, Ed Park examines the connection between Lawrence Douglas's novel The Vices and the parody The Girl with the Sturgeon Tattoo by Lars Arfssen.

Rolling Stone lists the 100 greatest guitarists.

The finalists for this year's Bad Sex in Fiction award have been named.

Occupy Musicians is a list of musicians who support the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The Atlantic explains why it's a great time to be a reader.

Nerve lists the 25 greatest love songs of the 1990s.

The Philadelphia Inquirer profiles author Wesley Stace and singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding (who happen to be the same person).

PopMatters explores the intersection between Occupy Wall Street and musicians.

The Village Voice previews Yo La Tengo's upcoming series of Hanukkah performances.

The Bat Segundo Show interviews author Alan Hollinghurst.

Will Hermes talks to All Songs Considered about his new book Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever.

Singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

At The 6th Floor, Mark Bittman lists his three favorite Philip Roth books.

At Drowned in Sound, Memphis Industries lists their top 10 girl group songs.

paidContent examines why publishers might pull their eBooks from libraries. (via)

Win mental_floss: The Book: The Greatest Lists in the History of Listory 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.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists
List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists

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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