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March 10, 2012

Shorties (Literary References in Music, Musicians Abandoning Rush Limbaugh, and more)

Relix lists 12 literary references in music.


Musicians, as well as advertisers, are fleeing The Rush Limbaugh Show, according to Pop & Hiss.

First the money walks, now it's the music. Rush, Peter Gabriel and the Fabulous Thunderbirds have all demanded that their music immediately stop appearing on Limbaugh's program. (And lest you think it's confined to rockist quarters, the Philadelphia Orchestra, which bought a package of ads through CBS Philly, has also "taken steps to ensure that our ads no longer run on the Rush Limbaugh show," according to its Twitter feed.)


The Guardian lists 10 of the best works of literature featuring fossils.


Flavorwire lists 10 great songs about 21st century politics.


The Guardian explores the literary tradition of sequels and prequels.


Parade interviews Anthony Bourdain about his "bad food indulgences."


Granta interviews Hari Kunzru about his new novel, Gods Without Men.

In your latest book spirituality itself is in crisis. Can a sense of identity ever be formed without some sense of spirituality?

Identity without spirituality can certainly exist but at the same time it seems that there is always the question of the unknown that humans are continually plagued by and religion – I mean organized religion – is just one mechanism that people have used to answer that sense of not knowing. Unfortunately where religion often seems to fail is its refusal to enact this same process of questioning: it doesn’t allow for us to go on not knowing and asks that we fill that void with belief. I’m basically an atheist myself, but I have a problem with the militant atheism of Dawkins and his ilk. To me it comes close to an essentialized Protestantism, with its bounded reasonableness. It takes all the fun out of it. What it doesn’t allow for is this same sense of questioning into the unknown. In other words I find distinctions between spiritual and not-spiritual totally bogus as, like many of the characters in the book, these are not categories but continually shifting forces and are embodied through experience and time.


The Quietus interviews Dandy Warhols frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor about his graphic novel One Model Nation.


Talk of the Nation interviews Toby Lester about his new book, Da Vinci's Ghost: Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image.


Weekend Edition interviews members of the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

"I really didn't hear old-time music until I got into the contra dance community," says Rhiannon Giddens, singer and founding member of Carolina Chocolate Drops. "I just fell in love with the banjos, played claw-hammer style. I'd never really heard a whole lot of that, and that was it. I was completely hooked."


Flavorwire lists the 10 best films adapted from memoirs.


Fresh Air interviews historian Adam Goodheart about his new book 1861: The Civil War Awakening.


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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