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August 17, 2012

Shorties (Stream the New Bloc Party Album, An Interview with Joyce Carol Oates, and more)

Stream the new Bloc Party album, Four (out August 21st), at the band's website.

The New York Times interviews author Joyce Carol Oates.

Are you still asked why there's so much violence in your work? Thirty years ago you said that question was "ignorant," "insulting" and "sexist."

I'm still asked the question constantly. And it seems so strange because I don’t think they'd ask a question like that of most male writers, or they wouldn't ask that of someone who's covering the war in Afghanistan or who's writing about the Third Reich or Mao's China. It seems disingenuous to ask a writer why she, or he, is writing about a violent subject when the world and history are filled with violence. But I'm sure my friends get the same kinds of questions, too. My friend Edmund White is probably asked why he writes about his love affairs. And Anne Tyler is probably asked, "Why do you always write about housewives?"

Flavorwire lists 10 great novels about the immigrant experience.

The Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Contemporary Music is open to artists under 30 who are immigrants to the U.S., and awards three $35,000 prizes yearly. The application deadline is August 31st.

At Happy Ever After, writer Rebecca York explains her decision to leave professional publishing for the indie route.

Flavorwire lists 10 bands who have suffered for their politics.

The curator of The Library of Congress exhibit "Books That Shaped America" explains his selections to Talk of the Nation.

Guardian readers put together a collaborative playlist of songs about rabbits.

Flavorwire previews fall's new books.

Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn played DJ at Minnesota Public Radio.

The Telegraph lists 20 writers who were soccer fans.

The A.V. Club offers a primer to the releases of Motown records.

Talk of the Nation interviews Eric Nuzum about his new memoir, Giving Up the Ghost.

NPR is streaming a recent Brooklyn performance by Little Dragon.

The New York Times reviews the film adaptation of Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel Chicken with Plums.

Deceptive Cadence hosts a roundtable discussion on the state of opera today.

The New York Times profiles the city's idiosyncratic bookstores that cater specifically to art lovers.

Patrick Shea has published a book version of his Call Me Ishmael online project, which collects an essay and original song for every chapter of Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick.

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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