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June 15, 2012

Shorties (Television as Literature, Dent May, and more)

The Atlantic explores the future of television series as literature, using Mad Men and Girls as examples.

The A.V. Club profiles singer-songwriter Dent May.

Ploughshares explores Brooklyn's literary community.

Explosions in the Sky guitarist Munaf Rayani shares the backstory behind each song on the band's new album, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, at Crossfade.

Bookworm interviews Ben Fountain about his new novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.

The A.V. Club recommends entry points into the discography of Brian Eno.

Congratulations to Jon McGregor, who won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award with his novel This Isn't the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You.

Read his Book Notes music playlist essay for the book.

The shortlisted albums for Canada's Polaris Music Prize have been named.

Fresh Air interviews Sandor Ellix Katz about his new book, The Art of Fermentation.

On the space between rotten and fresh food

"We reject certain food because it is rotten. Certain food we can see is fresh. But there is this creative space between fresh food and rotten food where most of human culture's most prized delicacies and culinary achievements exist.

Brooklyn Vegan interviews Ross Farrar of the band Ceremony.

As part of its "Comics as Literature" series, Geekdad recommends several graphic novels about fathers.

Paste lists the 10 best music podcasts.

Damien G. Walter explains what neuroscience tells us about writing fiction.

PopMatters lists the "top 10 epic" Smashing Pumpkins songs.

The Wall Street Journal profiles several writers of fan fiction.

The Jewish Daily Forward profiles the career of the Silver Jews, and makes a connection to the Velvet Underground.

Going over Silver Jews’ catalog after listening to “Early Times,” I am struck by how much Berman owes to Reed. It goes beyond his taste for drones and the timbre of his voice, though he does have the same half-talking, half-singing growl as the master. It also goes beyond the fact that Berman is a bona fide poet with a Master of Fine Arts in writing, respectable publications to his name and a tortured soul. (He was drawn to country music, he said in an interview, because he was good at writing about failure.) It has to do with a specific sensibility, with the way Berman is in his songs but not quite of them, the way that he tempers the pleasures of self-expression with the nerdy intellectual’s twinge of irony and evasion. If the Velvet Underground was in essence a suburban boy’s fantasy of life in the art lane, then Silver Jews was a suburban boy’s fantasy of country music and not quite the thing itself. It sounds from here like a homegrown musical version of “rootless cosmopolitanism,” worn with a kind of passionate indifference as if it were a badge of the singer’s alienated honor.

The Bat Segundo Show interviews cartoonist Alison Bechdel.

Win a copy of Cheryl Strayed's memoir Wild 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)

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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