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August 30, 2012

Shorties (Stream the New Avett Brothers Album, A List of Literature's Most Desperate Housewives, and more)

NPR is streaming the new Avett Brothers album, The Carpenter (out September 11th).

The Atlantic lists literature's most desperate housewives.

PopMatters interviews singer-songwriter Joe Pug.

You've mentioned in other interviews that you feel like great art focuses on one of five fundamental stories. Which of these stories are you most interested in retelling and why is that?

You know, I think I've always been attracted to—and I'm not exactly sure which category this would fall under—I've always been attracted to the narrative of the individual and the individual being the only thing you can be sure is real in yourself. I think that's why I was drawn to Walt Whitman's stuff when I was younger. I think that's why I've always been drawn to Steinbeck's stuff and, to a certain degree in much darker ways, later writers like Raymond Carver and Cormac McCarthy deal with that theme as well.

GalleyCat lists the best bookstores on Tumblr.

Flavorwire lists 10 great state-of-the-nation albums.

Francine Pascal, author of the Sweet Valley High series, talks to the Guardian about her characters' adult lives.

Sweet Valley Confidential, published last year and imagining the Wakefields 10 years after graduation, was the first Sweet Valley novel Pascal wrote entirely herself. She was moved to write it, she says, because she still gets letters from fans who grew up with Elizabeth and Jessica asking what happened next. Initially, however, she struggled with enthusiasm. "I went back with a sort of 'had to be done' feeling," she admits. "It wasn't until I actually got into it, and saw these girls had grown up, were adults, that it was going to be different from Sweet Valley High, that I was able to respond to them better. I said 'what the hell, I can do what I want'."

Fresh Air interviews Victor LaValle about his new novel The Devil in Silver.

On his love of monsters, especially Godzilla

"What's beautiful about Godzilla is, of course, it's in every way a symbol of Japan dealing with the aftermath of the atomic bombs being dropped on them, and their ideas of how they're affected by it. But rather than make a movie where they sit around and say, 'Man, that was really rough — those bombs really did a lot of damage,' they said, 'What did it feel like? It felt like a 100-foot-tall giant lizard came through our city and crushed it.' And I really felt I understood that experience to some degree. I really connected with that fear and that power because, at times, when I was a kid, I would say the chaos in my household — the chaos in my life — felt very much like a 100-foot reptile crushing everyone and everything."

Dangerous Minds pointed out a streaming Gram Parsons documentary.

At The Daily Beast, author Otto Penzler lists five underrated crime writers.

The New Yorker interviews Rickie Lee Jones about her forthcoming covers album, The Devil You Know (out September 18th).

Flavorwire lists contemporary politicians' favorite books.

Stream the new album by The Music Tapes, Mary's Voice (out September 4th).

The Daily Beast interviews father/daughter writers Peter and Emma Straub.

Win the paperback edition of Haruki Murakami's latest novel 1Q84 and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Amazon MP3 has over 1,000 digital albums on sale for $5.

Amazon MP3 offers over 500 albums for 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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