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August 29, 2012

Shorties (Teen Film Adaptations of Classic Literature, Yiyun Li on Her New Short Story Collection, and more)

Word and Film lists 8 teen film adaptations of classic literature.

Tell Me More interviews author Yiyun Li about her new short story collection, Gold Boy, Emerald Girl.

Li hopes her readers understand that she is not a spokesperson for China. "Mostly, I'm writing from my angle and my understanding of the world ... and if I write about America, America is not going to be that beautiful fairy-tale place either," she says. "I look at life in the way that I want to know the real truths, you know, under the surface. And [when] you write about anything under the surface, you're going to make people feel uneasy."

Fresh Air interviews Michael Kranish and Scott Helman about their book, The Real Romney.

Hypebot lists the 30 richest drummers in the world.

Huffington Post lists New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani's 11 meanest reviews.

The Quietus interviews Michael Gira of Swans about the band's new album, The Seer.

For Swans, writing, rehearsal, touring and recording is all part of the same ever-evolving process, dynamic and alive. "I look at the record as just one instance, which is a snapshot, though hopefully an artful one, and then it's time to take things further after that," Gira explains. "Even the songs from The Seer that we're doing are transformed, pretty much. I like always to be in an uncomfortable place, working on something new, and trying to just expand things as much as possible."

At Capital New York, the city's independent booksellers recommend fall's best books.

Flavorwire lists long songs worth your time.

Recommended Reading shares a short story by Katie Bellas, recommended by Joshua Henkin.

All Things Considered interviews Dan Deacon about the state of electronic music.

The Guardian Books Blog ponders the state of literary criticism in an age of online reviews.

Britt Daniel of Spoon and Divine Fits talks to the A.V. Club about his musical firsts.

Chef Chat interviews Amanda Cohen about her graphic novel cookbook, Dirt Candy: A Cookbook: Flavor-Forward Food from the Upstart New York City Vegetarian Restaurant.

The Rumpus interviews Lost in the Trees frontman Ari Picker.

Time Out Chicago previews fall's best new books.

Stream Bob Mould's new album Silver Age at Rolling Stone.

The Other People podcast interviews author George Saunders.

BBC News examines why female record producers are so scarce.

NPR shares an excerpt from Zadie Smith's new novel NW.

Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees talks to the Hollywood Reporter about Breaking Bad's use of the song "Goin' Down."

As it turns out, Dolenz is a fan of the AMC series, and for that reason, he says he's "a little torn" about the song's use in the scene. " 'Goin' Down' has nothing to do with drugs, obviously," he tells THR. "And I certainly don't condone meth -- that is nasty stuff that kills a lot of people and ruins a lot of lives. ... On the other hand, I like the TV show, it's very well-made. … And no, I didn't make a penny."

Emma Straub has sold her second novel, due in 2014, to Riverhead,

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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