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September 7, 2012

Shorties (DJ Junot Diaz, A Literary Guide to the 2012 NFL Season, and more)

Author Junot Diaz spins some of his favorite songs at Alt.Latino.

Page-Views shares a literary guide to the 2012 NFL football season. lists five films that were better than the book that inspired them.

Guardian readers recommend songs about advertising.

Critical Mob recommends 10 books published this fall.

The Austin Chronicle interviews Lisa Gerrard about the new Dead Can Dance album, Anastasis.

AC: Has working on soundtracks and working in film changed your approach to music?

LG: Well, I find doing music for film really, really exhausting. It's a wonderful experience, but you have to write a lot of music that has to work within the subtextual reality and space and time emotionally of what the director wants to create in terms of a kind of abstract literary sense. It's very, very specific, plus you have to create the atmosphere and poetry.

The Economist, Los Angeles Times, Slate, and the Wall Street Journal review Michael Chabon's new novel Telegraph Avenue.

The Wall Street Journal interviews Chabon about the book.

How do you approach your research?

Writing a novel is always an education. Research is incredibly pleasurable and seductive and you have to be on your guard against it. It's very easy to use it as an excuse not to write. There's always one more fact that could help you and you probably shouldn't start writing until you find out the boots worn by German troops in World War II, and if I just knew who made those boots then I could write my chapter. So you have to be on your guard against that.

Baeble previews fall's hottest music releases.

Zadie Smith talks to Morning Edition about her new novel NW.

Smith says her decision to return to her old haunts for the setting of this novel was, in part, purely pragmatic. "I knew I was going to write a book which was in some ways difficult stylistically and difficult for me to write, so I just wanted to give myself a break," she says. "I needed one thing which was stable that I knew — and the streets I do know and they don't take research and I don't need to use Google maps; they're kind of a deep knowledge in me."

The Wall Street Journal examines the impact American punk has had on current politically active bands around the world.

Flavorwire lists famous authors' school photos.

DJ and producer Erol Alkan lists his 13 favorite albums at The Quietus.

The Rejectionist is a new literary chapbook series, the first edition will feature Lidia Yuknavitch and Vanessa Veselka.

Flavorwire lists 10 surprisingly conservative musicians.

Novel Sounds is a book blog that pairs a song or two with every review.

Win D.T. Max's new book Every Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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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