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April 8, 2012

Shorties (Jeet Thayil, The Making of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, and more)

Weekend Edition interviews Jeet Thayil about his magnificent debut novel, Narcopolis.

On eschewing stereotypes

"I try to avoid sentimentality and I try to avoid the easy cliche. I try to avoid any mention of mangoes, of spices and monsoons. The problem with those books about India which paint Indian society in soft focuses [is that] I find it very difficult to recognize the country I know in those books."

The New York Post excerpts from the new book Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album.

At the Observer, authors list the novels they have reread.

Weekend Edition profiles photographer Mick Rock.

A few years back, Rock says, "some clever bugger journalist" dubbed him as "The Man Who Shot The '70s" in a headline, though Rock is the first to qualify that claim. What he really shot was the glam rock scene — making images you might recognize: the album cover of Queen II, the album cover of Lou Reed's Transformer, Iggy Pop in an unlikely back bend, David Bowie with a sax.

The Chicago Tribune lists five great audiobook performances.

Paste lists 20 musicians who write about music.

The Toronto Star profiles Julie Wilson, whose new book Seen Reading has just been published.

Director Kevin Macdonald discusses his new documentary, Marley, with the Observer.

Josh Meyer talks to All Things Considered about his new book, The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

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)

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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