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September 29, 2012

Shorties (A Playlist for Oktoberfest, Chris Ware on His New Comics Collection, and more)

NPR Music streams a playlist for Oktoberfest.


Publishers Weekly interviews Chris Ware about his new comics collection Building Stories.

PW: So to some extent Building Stories is about how we create meaning in our lives?

CW: Absolutely, I mean really that is what it is about. People will say to me, oh, what do you do and I'll say 'I'm a cartoonist' or 'I write stories' and the response might be, oh, that sounds amazing. I can't even draw a straight line or I couldn't ever tell a story, but everybody is always telling themselves stories. Anytime you meet anybody or learn anything about them, you're writing fiction. You write fiction about people that you know, that you think you know well, because you create stories about them in your mind and whatever story that you think about, it's probably not true.


A.M. Homes talks to The Daily Beast about her new novel, May We Be Forgiven.

"I think in order to be serious, one must be funny; otherwise the seriousness will weigh you down. And much of life is very serious. Everyday life has gotten so absurd and difficult and in many ways unreal that I think it's important to work to find the connections and to find the humor. My last novel, This Book Will Save Your Life, is also kind of 'funny,' but my mother, who is 86, says that she thinks that it was so close to 'real' that people didn't get the satire. This time the absurdity and the darkness is pushed out a bit further—so hopefully people will feel comfortable laughing.”


Sound of the City interviews Corin Tucker about her band's new album, Kill My Blues.


Salman Rushdie talks to Financial Times about his new memoir, Joseph Anton.


Hypebot shares a guide to music blog powered apps.


The National examines the state of Arabic literature in translation.


Music and Memory is a nonprofit organization that aims to "improve the quality of life for the elderly and infirm through the use of personalized music and digital technology." iPod donations (of any vintage) are always in demand.


Caroline Kennedy talks to Weekend Edition about the new book, Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy.


Gothamist shares a couple of videos of John Darnielle playing Mountain Goats songs on a rooftop in Queens.


The author and illustrator of the new retelling of The Odyssey make a case for printed books at Morning Edition.

"With anything digital, even upon your e-reader, there will be another book, or on the Internet there will be another link you can click on," Cross says. "The fact that a printed book invites you to close it, and that it has been specially designed so that the shape of it might be unique — the shape of The Odyssey is quite interesting, isn't it? And the weight of it in your hands — all these things I think have value in that they invite you to reflect on what's inside the book."


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

Amazon MP3 offers over 500 albums for sale for $2.99.

Amazon MP3 offers over 300 jazz albums on sale for $1.78.


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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)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
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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