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August 15, 2012

Shorties (A Newly Translated Isaac Bashevis Singer Story, An Interview with Lisa Gerrard of Dead Can Dance, and more)

Page-Turner shares a newly translated short story by Isaac Bashevis Singer.

The Montreal Gazette interviews Lisa Gerrard of Dead Can Dance about the band's new album, Anastasis.

At Salon, Laura Miller examines why women writers dominate young adult literature.

Crossfade lists the top 10 musical makeover stunts.

The Guardian interviews author Joyce Carole Oates.

Is literature written by women still not taken as seriously?

I don't know how to answer that. My colleague and friend Toni Morrison has been enormously rewarded. I don't think anyone condescends to her because of her talent and her subject matter, which is so profound. It may be that if a woman writes about something like domestic life, it's the subject matter that denigrates it. Men tend to write about hunting and exploring and travelling to dangerous parts of the world. If women wrote about those, I think they'd be taken more seriously.

August's Music Alliance Pact features 34 songs by 34 bands curated by 34 bloggers in 34 countries.

Flavorwire interviews Rajesh Parameswaran about his short fiction collection, I Am an Executioner: Love Stories.

The Ithaca Times profiles the band Lucero.

In the last few years, Lucero has sounded less like a group of guys feeding Springsteen standards through an intoxicated misanthropic Replacements filter than an act with bigger ambitions, aiming for the rafters. The way Nichols belts his blue-collar on "Smoke," the first cut on 2009's 1372 Overton Park, you’d think he was less influenced by the Boss than trying to become one.

R.I.P. science fiction author Harry Harrison.

The Guardian explores the origins of fan fiction.

RFTmusic lists the six best rock songs that feature turntables.

The Wall Street Journal lists some of the best book podcasts.

Flavorwire lists the "most gloriously absurd" lyrics in hip hop history.

NPR Books recommends five graphic novels as entry points into long-form comics.

The Record profiles electronic music composer Darren Cunningham.

At times, the London producer Darren Cunningham's whole style seems like an intentional zag to the mainstream's zig — the music he puts out under the name Actress is shadowy and decaying rather than grabby and bright. But really, he's off in his own world, and it took him years to get there.

Fresh Air interviews Michael Lemonick about his new book, Global Weirdness: Severe Storms, Deadly Heat Waves, Relentless Drought, Rising Seas and the Weather of the Future.

Speakeasy interviews the producer of the new Fleetwood Mac tribute album, Just Tell Me What You Want.

Vulture recommends 12 books for end-of-summer reading.

Win my two favorite cookbooks, Isa Chandra Moskowitz's Veganomicon and Vegan with a Vengeance, and a $100 Threadless gift certificate, this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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

Amazon MP3 offers over 400 albums for sale for $2.99.

Also on sale at Amazon MP3 for $2.99: 37 children's music albums.

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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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