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February 17, 2012

Shorties (Sharon Van Etten, William Boyd, and more)

CHARTattack interviews singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten.

"You've been quoted as saying “sadness isn’t an emotion that most cool bands want to talk about.” Why do you feel that way?

I guess people think of it as weak sometimes. But I feel it’s a strength to open yourself up and be vulnerable, and allow yourself that moment. I think a lot of – sorry, that’s the GPS talking right now (laughs) – but I think it’s important to be in tune with your emotions and – sorry, I’m getting distracted cause we’re lost I think, oh sorry there’s four people talking around me (background yelling) – but yeah, I think there’s a lot of pop music that I love and I think sometimes being emotional is seen as being a wuss or something. But I think it takes a strong person to be able to talk about being sad or having a weak moment."

The Independent interviews author William Boyd.

Quill and Quire offers video of an interview with author Anne Rice about her new novel The Wolf Gift.

As part of its "Supercollectors" series, Soundcheck interviews a Chicago DJ aout how he maintains his vinyl archive and prepares for gigs.

The Huffington Post recommends the top 10 young adult books for adults.

The Line of Best Fit interviews Mike Hadreas of Perfume Genius.

The fabulous cover of Jami Attenberg's forthcoming novel, The Middlesteins.

BBC Radio 4 interviews Gerald Casale of Devo. hosts a fascinating collection of in-depth interviews with artists from all walks of life.

Comic Book Resources interviews Matthew Forsythe about his new graphic novel, Jinchalo.

How do you come up with the story for something like "Jinchalo?" On the one hand, there's a simple way to describe the plot, but that doesn't really get at what the story is.

It's true. I don't really know what it is either, and I don't think that's a bad thing. The story -- which has elements of Korean folk tales, "Super Mario Brothers 2" and Jack and the Beanstalk -- really followed the drawings and not the other way around, which makes it difficult for people (including me) to get their head around. I think the book suffers a little for this -- and I hope it might also be considered interesting for the same reason.

The A.V. Club offers entry points into the music of the Elephant 6 collective.

Forbes reports that Steve Jobs' FBI file will soon be published in book form.

Deceptive Cadence examines why people hate rap and opera music.

Comics Alliance explores over-sexualization in comics and its effects on stories.

Win Tupelo Hassman's debut novel Girlchild 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 (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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