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August 8, 2012

Shorties (A Paul Simon Documentary, The Hottest Sex Scenes in Literature, and more)

Snag Films is streaming the Paul Simon documentary, Under African Skies.

Art Attack lists the 10 hottest sex scenes in literature.

Flavorwire lists 10 of the most unnecessary side projects in music history.

Bwog interviews Matthew Parker about his new graphic novel, Larceny in My Blood.

Bwog: How did you decide to tell your story in graphic form? Did that come about alongside the initial narrative, or afterwards?

Parker: It came afterwards. I was writing a prose memoir while at Columbia, and only got an agent my last semester. I was doing a little cross-genre—a little drawing. I got breakfast with my agent one morning , and showed him my drawings, and by the time I got back uptown, he'd called six times. He told me "Drop everything, this is what we’re doing." I knew nothing about art, and I had to teach myself as I went along. I don’t know if you noticed, but the drawings get better later in the book.

Six Songs of Me is a Guardian Music project that creates a music playlist for your life.

Flavorwire interviews Antoine Wilson about his new novel, Panorama City.

Your novel Panorama City features one of the more charming protagonists I've encountered in a long time. I found it a brave choice that you gave Oppen Porter such an optimistic worldview. Compared to the more ironic voices so popular in contemporary fiction, Oppen stands out as refreshingly sincere. How did you discover this voice, and what did you gain from using it?

Generally, I like to assume the best of people, and I'm terribly slow at picking up when people are being disingenuous. (This can be a huge blind spot, but it does make for a pleasant life.) Early on in the writing process, I realized I could endow Oppen with an extreme form of my own tendency, and use it to slice through a myriad of false things in search of a few true things.

The Line of Best Fit interviews singer-songwriter Jens Lekman.

SciFiNow lists the 10 best songs inspired by HBO's Game of Thrones series and George R.R, Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice series.

The Independent reports that John Banville will write a novel that features Raymond Chandler's famous detective Philip Marlowe.

Dirty Projectors visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Flavorwire lists literature's greatest author and illustrator duos.

Popwatch has video of The Rock Bottom Remainders (the band consisting of authors Stephen King, Scott Turow, and others) on The Late Late Show.

Atlantic Cities lists the leading music cities in the United States. Spin responds.

The Composites: Police Sketches of Literary Characters, the book, based on the Tumblr of the same name, is now available.

Win two popsicle cookbooks, Paletas and People's Pops, and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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

Amazon MP3 offers over 600 albums for sale for $2.99.

Also on sale at Amazon MP3 for $2.99: 25 hip hop 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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