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September 11, 2012

Shorties (Junot Diaz Interviewed, Stream the New Corin Tucker Band Album, and more)

Morning Edition interviews Junot Diaz about his new short story collection, This Is How You Lose Her.

On why it took Diaz 16 years to write This Is How You Lose Her

"When I finished my first book, Drown, I realized that the theme of infidelity, which runs through the book, needed sort of a much more up front presentation and I concocted this project. It just really interested me. But you know, sometimes you chart out a course and you think it's going to be an afternoon walk and you realize it takes you half your life."

Pitchfork is streaming the new Corin Tucker Band album, Kill My Blues (out September 18th).

The New Zealand Herald interviews Emily Perkins, author of the novel novel The Forrests.

What book has most influenced you?

Probably a retelling of Greek myths by Leon Garfield, The God Beneath the Sea, with amazing and terrifying drawings by Charles Keeping. I couldn't say it's influenced me in any obvious ways (I haven't eaten my children or spent time in the Underworld, unless you count high school) but the deeply strange magic of those stories got under my skin from an early age.

Flavorwire lists 10 of the greatest short stories about love.

Paste lists the 10 best new voices in music.

The Los Angeles Times and The Daily Beast interview Michael Chabon about his new novel, Telegraph Avenue.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer, NPR, and USA Today review the book.

The Dallas Morning News interviews Centro-matic frontman Will Johnson about his new solo album, Scorpion.

Scorpion, your first solo album in eight years, is poetic, introspective and beautifully unvarnished. It sounds as if its conception and execution was a cathartic exercise. Was it a liberating, rejuvenating experience in the studio?

It was. I tried to capture a musical and spiritual moment in time by writing most of the material right then and there in the studio. With that you take chances. It can feel risky and sometimes they can fall apart. But these were the songs that I felt strongly about. I just wanted to capture that particular musical chapter of Matt's and my life.

Zadie Smith and James Meek talk to the Guardian books podcast about their new novels.

Flavorwire shares a photo survey of abandoned record shops.

The 2012 Man Booker Prize shortlist has been named.

Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributor Jeet Thayil and his debut novel, Narcopolis.

The Line Of Best Fit is streaming the debut album from Madrid (new project from Adriano of CSS and Marina of Bonde do Role).

Variety reports that Terry Brooks' Shannara fantasy series is being adapted into a television series.

Stream the new Emanuel and the Fear album, The Janus Mirror, at Bandcamp.

The Book Seer recommends books based on what you just finished reading.

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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