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February 19, 2012

Shorties (Christopher Bram, Field Music, and more)

The Newark Star-Ledger interviews Christopher Bram about his new book, Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America.

Q. Why did you write this book?

A. A writer named Sam Wasson was doing a book on the movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's." He was doing some research on Capote. Sam was steered to me. I basically gave him a Gay Lit 101 course. The book's narrator is clearly Capote, but he never says he's gay and there is no sexual vibe between him and Holly Golightly. Sam said, "This is great stuff. Where can I read it?" I realized that no such book existed and it was time to write it.

The Observer examines the economics of the indie band Field Music.

The New York Times shares an excerpt from journalist Anthony Shadid's forthcoming memoir, House of Stone.

Peggielene Bartels talks to Weekend Edition about her new book, King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village.

The Guardian profiles music journalist Greil Marcus.

An academic career beckoned, but Marcus started writing about music for college papers, then pulled together Rock and Roll Will Stand, a project born of his "overwhelming urge to express the joy, the delirium, I was feeling from listening to the radio and going to shows by the Stones and Dylan". Then one day in 1968 he saw a copy of a magazine whose name was a triple-whammy tribute to the Stones, Dylan and Muddy Waters. From its professional look, Marcus "knew instantly" that Rolling Stone had to be the work of Jann Wenner, someone he'd known as a freshman at Berkeley. He started contributing, then joined the staff as its first reviews editor. "There were no rules, no right way to do anything," he recalls of this golden dawn of rock criticism. "Just complete freedom to do anything you could think of, in the most ambitious and iconoclastic and obnoxious way possible."

Litseen interviews Tupelo Hassman about her fantastic debut novel, Girlchild.

The Record on the number of hip-hop and electronic musicians who wear masks while performing:

These days a slew of musicians from the oft-intersecting worlds of electronic music and hip-hop are tapping into the power of hiding their faces or wearing masks: SBTRKT; Shabazz Palaces; THEESatisfaction; Zomby; Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator; Flying Lotus; Burial and Deadmau5, among others. On the mainstream side, women are leaders in the same movement, with Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj wearing masks made out of lace, hats made of raw beef and clothing resembling modern architecture.

Weekend Edition interviews Sleigh Bells about the band's new album, Reign of Terror (out February 21st).

Alan Glynn talks to Morning Edition about his new novel, Bloodland.

"I don't really plan in great detail at all," he says. "I'm always reminded of that great quote by E.L. Doctorow. He said writing a novel is like driving a car at night: You can just see as far as the headlights will show you. But you can make the whole journey that way ... and I think that keeps it fresh for the writer as well as the reader."

Dr. Dog visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Weekend Edition examines how e-books are changing the publishing industry.

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

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily 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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