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September 22, 2012

Shorties (Colin Meloy on His New Book, The Top 100 Songs of All Time, and more)

The Salt Lake Tribune interviews Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy about his new book, Under Wildwood, a sequel to Wildwood.

What of the critics who snarked at elements of the first book, Wildwood, who complained that it was "too Portland," with its recycling bins, bikes and cork flooring?

I was only trying to create as authentic of a world as I could. That’s the world Portlanders live in. In that it’s set in Portland, it’s sort of a love letter. Portland is an important facet of the story, that’s for certain.

Consequence of Sound lists its top 100 songs of all time.

SPIN and TIME interview Michael Chabon about his new novel,Telegraph Avenue.

The New York Review of Books reviews the book.

Actress and children's book author Emma Thompson shares reading recommendations at the New York Times.

The L Magazine interviews Kathleen Alcott about her debut novel The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets.

At the A.V. Club, Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli discusses his music.

Norman Bridwell, creator of the Clifford the Big Red Dog, talks to Weekend Edition about the children's book series (which turns 50 years old this year).

Flavorwire ranks rappers-turned-rockers from best to worst.

Weekend Edition interviews Mark Kriegel about his new book, The Good Son: The Life of Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini.

Watch a video trailer for Year of the Rabbit, a ballet set to music by Sufjan Stevens.

At the Huffington Post, cartoonist Hope Larson explains why she adapted Madeline L'Engle's novel A Wrinkle in Time.

Stream a music video from actor/author James Franco's new music collaboration Daddy at Rolling Stone.

Chris Ware talks to Co.Create about his new comics box set, Building Stories.

You've earned much respect in the graphic arts field because of your gift for orchestrating visual information to tell psychologically probing stories. You use arrows, asterisks, circles, color shifts, perspective, diagrams, calligraphy, different kinds of fonts, dotted lines, all kinds of cues to guide the reader through a narrative. By contrast, Facebook plays a role in the Building Stories saga as this bland message format. Does social media lack graphic personality?

The point was driven home with me a little over a year ago. A friend died and the postings on Facebook made in her memory were sentimentalized little fragments of thoughts--which were bad enough--but then these already pale and all-too-public epigrams had to be followed up by the enumerations of likes and thumbs-ups. I'm absolutely flabbergasted that so many people have chosen this as the medium through which to express some of their deeper feelings. It seems to show a paucity of spirit and increasing lack of appreciation of the infinite textures of life itself.

The Observer reviews the collection.

The final episode of The Bat Segundo Show literary podcast will be taped on October 3rd.

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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