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November 1, 2011

Shorties (Tom Waits, Alan Hollinghurst, and more)

Fresh Air interviews Tom Waits about his new album, Bad as Me.

"For a songwriter, you don't really go to songwriting school; you learn by listening to tunes. And you try to understand them and take them apart and see what they're made of, and wonder if you can make one, too," he says. "And you just do it by picking up the needle and putting it back down and figuring it how these people did this magical thing. It's rather mystifying when you think about songs — where they come from and how they're born. Many times, it's very humble and very mundane, the origin of these songs."

The New York Times profiles author Alan Hollinghurst.

Mr. Hollinghurst lives alone and is almost hermetic in his habits, writing with painful slowness. It takes him so long, he explained, not so much because he is an endless reviser and rewriter as because he is both vain and anxious enough to want to get things right the first time.

GalleyCat interviews Gregory Maguire about Out of Oz, the final book in his Wicked series.

Flavorwire makes a literary mixtape for Dracula.

The Guardian interviews Glen Duncan about his novel, The Last Werewolf.

BBC News examines the often odd pairing of walk-on music and political candidates.

The A.V. Club interviews Merrill Markoe about her new essay collection, Cool, Calm & Contentious.

Forbes lists the top earning dead musicians.

Mnedi Okarafor has won the World Fantasy Award with her novel Who Fears Death.

Janet Weiss talks to the Los Angeles Times about Wild Flag's debut album.

"This is a document of a birth," Weiss said. "If I think back on all my favorite first records, they're usually direct. It should be a chance for the listener to get to know you."

At The Browser, Maxim D. Schrayer recommends five books about Vladimir Nabokov.

Pop & Hiss interviews Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine about the band's new album, Ceremonials.

At 3:AM Magazine, author Graham Rae lists his five greatest literary inspirations.

On sale for 69 cents at Amazon MP3: Death Cab for Cutie's Transatlanticism album.

At the Telegraph, Anthony Horowitz explains why he is writing a new Sherlock Holmes novel.

Stream a song from the forthcoming Guided By Voices album, Let's Go Eat the Factory (out January 16th).

At Rookie, Emma Straub discusses her ongoing relationship with her dead (imaginary) boyfriend, River Phoenix.

Luna is selling digital reissues of their their Rendezvous, Close Cover Before Striking, and Romantica albums (all with bonus tracks).

15 Awesome Examples of Graphic Novels in Education.

Fingertips weighs in on the true impact of viral videos.

John Hodgman talks to All Things Considered about his new book, That Is All.

Win the new Steve Jobs biography and 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)

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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