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September 30, 2012

Shorties (Michael Chabon, Tori Amos, and more)

The Denver Post reviews Michael Chabon's novel Telegraph Avenue.

Like Michael Jordan, Chabon does everything well, and Telegraph Avenue could serve as a master class on how to write a novel. Here is how you write dialogue as an expression of character. Here is how you alternate action with the discursive. Here is how you bring back a minor character to tie up the story.

At the Boston Globe, author Francisco Goldman interviews Chabon.

Tori Amos shares bits of wisdom at the Observer.

"I don't rage any more. I've learned how to focus my anger. I used to let fly all the time before, but there's a more powerful way to make your point."

DoeDeMee is a collaborative project of 100 creatives from 28 countries to redesign the covers of classic works of literature.

LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy shares the seminal music of his life with the Observer.

Weekend Edition interviews film critic David Denby about his new book, Do Movies Have a Future?.

On how blockbusters must now be accessible to audiences all over the world, and why they suffer as a result

"Two-thirds of the box office return comes from overseas. They have to play in Bangkok and Bangalore, you know, as well as Bangor, Maine ...

"The local flavor has gone out of them. In the early '70s, there were a lot of things set in American, very specific places like Nashville, [Tenn.,] you know, or The Godfather in New York in the late '40s, and Long Island and the city. I mean, that sense of a very specific time and place has vanished.

All Things Considered interviews actor Robby Benson about his new memoir, I'm Not Dead...Yet.

The Observer profiles the band Muse and its new album, The 2nd Law.

Muse have sold more than 15m albums. Their last one, 2009's The Resistance, was No 1 in 19 countries. Like Depeche Mode in the 1980s, they are taken more seriously outside their homeland, in countries where people are less likely to arch an eyebrow at songs with rococo arrangements and titles such as Exogenesis: Symphony Part 2 (Cross-Pollination).

Susan Isaacs talks to Morning Edition about her new novel, Goldberg Variations.

Dark Dark Dark visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

The Observer reviews the iPad app of Anthony Burgess's novel A Clockwork Orange.

You don't have to adore the novel (I prefer the film) for the app to make you a mad-eyed evangelist, prone to shoving your iPad in strangers' faces. "Hey, check out the integrated glossary of Nadsat slang! Listen to Tom Hollander narrate it! Watch Martin Amis talk about the controversial last chapter! Hear Burgess being interviewed! Look at his doodles on the original typescript!" Yes, the Clockwork Orange app's major downside is that it will turn you into a bore.

Win Neil Young's new memoir The People of Forever Are Not Afraid and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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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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