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November 13, 2011

Shorties (My Brightest Diamond, Ann Beattie, and more)

All Things Considered interviews My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden about her new album, All Things Will Unwind.

"I was writing this in the fall of 2009," Worden tells NPR's Jacki Lyden. "That year, there were so many things happening environmentally, and also so many things concerning social justice. So all of these really intense concerns were hitting me at the same time, and I started thinking about my roots as an American Indian — I have a very small percentage of American Indian in my bloodline. I started thinking about doing a rain dance of sorts, to make things better."

Weekend Edition interviews Ann Beattie about her new novel, Mrs. Nixon.

"The book is very thoroughly researched, and any point at which I diverge and am writing fiction — which I wouldn't say happens all that often in the book at all — I do let the reader know that I'm writing fiction," she says.

The Nervous Breakdown also interviews Beattie.

Stream Darren Hayman's holiday EP, Christmas in Hayworth.

The Daily Beast profiles "America's best war writer," Karl Marlantes.

At Financial Times, six writers discuss their book collecting habits.

Prefix lists the greatest living mustaches in rock.

The Philadelphia Inquirer glowingly reviews Haruki Murakami's new novel 1Q84.

In other words, it's a Murakami novel, only more so. Like his previous epics, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka on the Shore - which were published in English in 1997 and 2005 and seem small-scale and lacking in ambition in comparison - 1Q84 is transporting in more ways than one.

RIP, Naiad Press publisher Barbara Grier.

The Nervous Breakdown interviews Chuck Klosterman about his new novel, The Visible Man.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review complains that the city's writers and musicians get no respect locally.

Caroline Moorehead talks to All Things Considered about her new book, A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France.

Hype Machine has placed its Music Blog Zeitgeists of the past four years online. lists its top 10 comic book movies.

The Record explores the world of non-Jamaican reggae.

N.D. Wilson talks to All Things Considered about his new novel The Dragon's Tooth and fantasy fiction.

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)

Online "Best Books of 2011" Online 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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