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June 30, 2012

Shorties (Chris Cleave, Wye Oak, and more)

Chris Cleave talks to Weekend Edition about his new novel, Gold. Read an excerpt from the book.

On what he hopes readers will discuss after reading the novel

"[That's] exactly what the issue is: Is it something that you would like your child to do? To compete at this very highest level, knowing that to win is also to break someone else's dreams? My answer to that is nuanced. I think that there's something extremely beautiful about the Olympic ideal and its motto — 'Swifter, higher, stronger' — it's such a beautiful motto, and it celebrates everything which is the antithesis of death and dissolution and entropy. And it's a promise, if you like, that's renewed in each generation of athletes who come up and strive and struggle for that top step of the podium."

Stream a new Wye Oak song at Adult Swim.

Off on a Tangent shares a crime reading list for those who loved Gillian Flynn's novel Gone Girl.

At Salon, Jami Attenberg interviews Jennifer Weiner about her new novel, The Next Best Thing, and the advertising that pokes fun at Jeffrey Eugenides.

What I find fascinating about all of your creative output, be it essays or tweets or books or ad campaigns, is how perfectly consistent it is and entirely specific to your voice. Do you have any sort of philosophy about personal branding/marketing, or do you just go with your gut?

My philosophy is, go with your gut.

Seriously, my philosophy is, be yourself, and don’t do it if it doesn't feel like it’s you. With me, what you see and what you read is what you get. I'm not smart enough or, honestly, energetic enough to come up with a fake persona and roll her out any time I speak or tweet or post on Facebook. It's all just me, and that’s what I'd recommend to any writer dipping a toe into social media. Be yourself, and give your readers something other than just self-promotion. There can (and must be) an element of that: My new book is out now, I'd be delighted if you bought it – but you also have to give the reader something of value, whether that’s live-tweets of the cheesy reality show of your choice or the true story of how your bike was stolen and you got it back.

The Guardian lists the top 10 "fairy fictions" in literature.

The Record interviews Chcago DJ Jerome Derradji, who put together the new three-CD box set, 122 BPM: The Birth of House Music.

Michael Chabon offers his personal history with James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake at the New York Review of Books.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Rolling Stones have hired artist Shepard Fairey to design their 50th anniversary logo.

At the Guardian, author Julian Barnes recounts his life as a bibliophile.

Delta Spirit visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

The Wall Street Journal profiles author and publisher Tao Lin.

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

Amazon MP3 also features 25 of its bestselling albums on sale for $2.99.

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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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