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March 1, 2012

Shorties (Michael Chabon on Edgar Rice Burroughs, An Interview with Sleigh Bells, and more)

io9 interviews Michael Chabon about writing the John Carter screenplay.

You've talked about Burroughs as a satirist. And the humor in this series seems to be really important. How do you keep it from turning into a straight-up comedy? Is it sort of the Indiana Jones style of humor?

We have not quite, in this film, the satirical element that is so strongly present in Burroughs' work. That is so grossly overlooked. That sort of closes the loop for me, with the question of imperialism and colonialism. To accuse Burroughs of being an apologist for colonialism or imperialism is to utterly miss half of what he's doing in the books.


Death and Taxes interviews Derek Miller of Sleigh Bells about the band's new album, Reign of Terror.


At Salon, Jonathan Evison makes a case for Stewart O'Nan as "our best working novelist."


The Nashville Scene profiles the band Dr. Dog.


Flavorwire recommends 10 new "must read" books for March.


CBC Radio 3 examines the birth of Canadian indie rock.


Author China Mieville profiles modern London at the New York Times.


Bookworm interviews Jonathan Lethem and Steve Erickson about The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick.


Guernica excerpts from Mira Ptacin's forthcoming book.


The National Post profiles author Nathan Englander.

"Why is the reader's commitment a smaller thing?" he asks. "One true reader — would that not be enough in life? Is that not enough of a gift to build something that one person truly appreciates? It's kind of maybe greedy to even hope for more."


Flavorwire lists 10 queer indie rockers you should know.


Author Elissa Schappell discusses writing and editing at the University Star.

JGP: What are some of your personal differences between being a writer and editor?

ES: I find that I use two totally different parts of my brain. Writing is an active creation. Editing other people's work is an act to try to figure out how to help the writer realize their vision. When you're writing, you're putting down your vision. You're trying to puzzle out your universe, make sense of your world. When you're editing, you're basically trying to do the same for someone else. I'm always interested when writers don’t like editing their own work. I always feel like patting them on the back and saying, "Congratulations, you're not a real writer," because real writing is about rewriting. 90 percent of writing is rewriting.


Blog on the Tracks explores the discography of singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega.


At the Guardian, Shalom Auslander lists the top 10 comic tragedies in literature.


Carrie Brownstein of Wild Flag and Portlandia shares a "popfession."


Fresh Air interviews Sebastian Seung about his new book, Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are.


Drowned in Sound recaps February's "must hear" music releases.


At BOMBlog, CA Conrad interviews fellow poet Eileen Myles.


RIP, Davy Jones.

10 Zen Monkeys shares seven forgotten video classics from the former Monkee.


The 10 biggest book burnings in literary history.


Win two of 2012's best books, Amelia Gray's debut novel Threats and Sarah Manguso's memoir The Guardians: An Elegy, and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.


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


Follow me on Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.


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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