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September 12, 2012

Shorties (Gillian Flynn's Tough Heroines, Patterson Hood on His New Solo Album, and more)

The Atlantic profiles the tough heroines in the fiction of Gillian Flynn.

Flynn seems to be aware of the Lisbeths and Anastasias of the world, as well as the men and women who eagerly devour them—and her books offer an alternative to those damaged, desperate characters.

Patterson Hood talks to the Boston Phoenix about his new solo album, Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance.

The album is intimate and autobiographical, the music earnest and ornate, which is why Hood made this a solo record instead of presenting it to the Truckers, and why he's touring playing smaller rooms. "If I made it a Trucker record, these songs would be out there competing with big rock songs in a great big room with people who came to hear big rock songs," he says. "I kind of wanted this to be a more slowed-down type of thing. There's stories that come with some of them. I just wanted it to be a very differently paced experience than what the Truckers' show is."

Michael Chabon talks to the San Francisco Examiner and the Telegraph about his new novel, Telegraph Avenue.

The New York Observer and The Millions review the book.

All Things Considered reviews and previews September's music releases.

Ology lists the 12 best indie songs of 2012 (so far).

At the Guardian, Zukiska Wanner lists her top five African writers.

The A.V. Club lists 35 sleeper hit singles from 1992.

Paste lists the eight best David Byrne artistic collaborations.

At Vice, Blake Butler interviews David Byrne about his new book, How Music Works.

Flavorwire lists the 10 all-time best Bob Dylan lyrics.

Talk of the Nation interviews Max Brooks about the use of his novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, in college common reading programs.

Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Scott Spencer (aka Chase Novak) talks to All Things Considered about his new novel Breed.

Horror doesn't have to be silly, Spencer says; in fact, serious issues like infertility make great fodder for horror. "It pushes it to the edge, and you explore the darkest possibilities of the story ... in any good story, something important should be at stake."

Rolling Stone points out highlights from Ann and Nancy Wilson's new memoir Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock & Roll.

Flavorwire lists 10 great war books written by women.

Stereogum lists the best new bands of 2012.

ArtsBeat reports that a musical based on Alison Bechdel's graphic novel Fun Home will debut this fall.

SPIN is streaming Woods' new album, Bend Beyond (out September 18th).

Win two books by Nick Hornby (More Baths Less Talking and Fever Pitch) 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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