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May 8, 2012

Shorties (Andrew Bird on Whistling, RIP Maurice Sendak, and more)

Redeye Chicago interviews singer-songwriter Andrew Bird.

You have so many passionate fans, but the people who don’t go for the whistling have a lot of animosity toward that. Why do you think that stirs up such heated emotions in people?

I don’t know. I think maybe there's a perception that it's cute or it's "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay.' Whimsical and cute are the associations that you have with whistling. I don't think I fall into that too much. The whistle, I think of it in terms of texture. Violin is wood, the voice is the story, and the whistle is like glass. The glass against the wood is part of my sound. It just cuts through the mid-rangy textures of the violin and my voice is very mid-rangy too.


RIP, author Maurice Sendak.


Reverb lists rock's 10 most essential greatest hits compilations.


Today is Pynchon in Public Day.


C-Ville Weekly interviews Walter Martin of the Walkmen.

C-VILLE Weekly: Do you guys still consider yourselves a New York band even though you don't all live there anymore?

Walter Martin: "I look at the pictures when we were first playing, and I feel like for the first six or seven years when we all lived in New York, we were very much a New York band. As people have moved away, we definitely identify less with New York, but I think at heart we are a New York band because that’s how we formed."


At the Guardian, Ann Patchett shares her love for the works of author Edward St. Aubyn.

I have my share of literary heroes of the sort one feels compelled to offer for a literary hero essay. I would happily discuss what Henry James has meant to me, or the solace I find in Dickens. But now that I own Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, I find myself increasingly inclined to the work of the living. After all, one never knows what the living might do next, and making literature these days strikes me as a heroic act, which is why I count Edward St Aubyn as my newest literary hero.


At The Fader, five experts explain how they discover the best of new art, film, literature, comedy, and design.


Mother Jones profiles cartoonist Guy Delisle.

If Delisle doesn't do editorial, the commentary comes in the form. The simple lines, chunks of blank space, and removed vantage point give the reader a nice bird's eye—or god's eye—view. In one scene, Guy looks down from his window on a party of Orthodox Jewish men. They look far away, but so does he. He climbs church stairs as we watch him from down below. He puts his daughter to bed and we pan back from her drowsy eyelids to a quiet dark square of bedroom. He sometimes seems like the Little Prince, a small man standing in a vast universe. From this perspective, everything is either beautiful or ridiculous.


The Philly Fringe Live Arts Festival Blog outlines the creative process of the Bushwick Book Club, a group of musicians that performs a new set of original songs every month inspired by a work of literature.


Rachel Maddow talks to Morning Edition about her book Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power.


The Guardian reports that No Doubt will release its first album in 11 years in September.


Kirkus Reviews recommends 11 science fiction and horror books new in May.


All Things Considered interviews Santigold about her new album, Master of My Make Believe.


Codex lists literary authors to follow on Twitter.


Justin Townes Earle visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.


Hilary Mantel talks to the Telegraph and Weekend Edition about her new book, Bring Up the Bodies.

The Telegraph also offers a second excerpt from the book.


Rock Book Show is a website that covers books about music.


Win a copy of Alison Bechdel's new graphic novel Are You My Mother? and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this month'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)

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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