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April 2, 2012

Shorties (Writers' Bedrooms, Stream the New Alabama Shakes Album, and more)

NPR is streaming the Alabama Shakes debut album, Boys and Girls.

Apartment Therapy offers a slideshow of 15 writers' bedrooms.

Weld profiles Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers.

At Interview Magazine, Christopher Bollen interviews Heidi Julavits about her new novel, The Vanishers.

Rocks Off recommends five songs for International Children's Literature Day.

To celebrate his 80th birthday, artist Peter Blake has reimagined his cover of the Beatles' 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band using modern celebrities.

New York Times reports that Carrie Brownstein of Wild Flag, Sleater-Kinney and Portlandia has signed a book deal for her memoir.

All 12 issues of the 1970s magazine Synapse: The Electronic Music Magazine are online.

Prospero interviews Adam Phillips about poetry as a form of therapy. (via)

What do you see as the relationship between psychoanalysis and poetry?

The most obvious link is that they are both linguistic arts. Freud suggests not exactly that we speak in poetry, because poetry has line-endings, but that we potentially speak with the type of incisiveness and ambiguity that we’re most used to finding in poetry. So, to put it slightly differently: the reading of poetry would be a very good training for a psychoanalyst.

NPR is streaming the new Bonnie Raitt album Slipstream (out April 10th).

Readux interviews author Jurgen Fauth about his new novel, Kino.

Were there any novels or short stories set in 20s Berlin that influenced how you wrote about your characters in that time period? And if so, did having access to German/Austrian novels allow you to read beyond the usual suspects for English-language readers?

I read a few novels, like the Isherwood books and Klaus Mann's Mephisto, and whenever possible I read them in the original. I can't point to specific influences, but I think just knowing the language and getting the flavor of the source material probably helped me develop a better sense for the period. It's also the reason that there's a fair amount of German in the finished book; I feel that some things are better left untranslated because something about the language affects the meaning and feel of what’s being said, and you lose that in translation — even if you don't speak the language. People seem to have a great fondness of "amusing" German words such as Schadefreude or Fahrvergnugen, and I tried to spice the text with some of that.

Drowned in Sound interviews Warren Ellis about his music (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Dirty Three, etc.) and writing.

Advice to Writers interviews Lev Grossman.

RJ Smith talks to All Things Considered about his new book, The One: The Life and Music of James Brown.

NPR is streaming Amadou and Mariam's new album, Folila (out April 10th).

Win The Hunger Games trilogy boxed set 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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