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September 8, 2012

Shorties (Michael Chabon on His New Novel, The New Smiths Biography Reviewed, and more)

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

"With this book, for the first time, I was able to integrate all of my influences and passions - it's a naturalistic novel, but I'm free to incorporate influences of crime fiction, magic realism and martial arts fiction," Chabon said.

The New York Times and Chicago Tribune review the book.

Jennifer Egan discusses her NYT review at the ArtsBeat Book review podcast.

The Guardian reviews Tony Fletcher's new book, A Light that Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of the Smiths.

D.T. Max talks to Capital New York about his new book, Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace.

Flavorwire lists 10 of the funniest love songs in history.

The shortlist for The Nigeria Prize for Literature 2012 has been named.

Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributor Chika Unigwe and her novel On Black Sisters Street.

Hypebot collects Grizzly Bear's recent tweets about supporting bands by buying albums.

Morning Edition visits F. Scott Fitzgerald's final resting place in Rockville, Maryland.

Weekend Edition interviews actor Stephen Toblowsky about his new book, The Dangerous Animals Club.

Earache! offers tips on interviewing musicians.

The Guardian visits the Philip Larkin trail in Hull, England.

A big attraction is the new Larkin Trail (, a walk around 25 locations, marked by wall plaques, in the footsteps of the poet, known in Hull as a grumpy bugger who looked like Eric Morecambe. Larkin was, of course, one of the most celebrated poets of the 20th century, his career beginning in 1945 and spanning 40 years. He won the Queen's Gold Medal for poetry, declined the job of Poet Laureate, and was celebrated for his "piquant mixture of lyricism and discontent". He was named by the Times in 2008 as Britain's greatest post-war writer, but was also librarian at Hull University from 1955 until his death 30 years later.

American Songwriter interviews singer-songwriter Dylan LeBlanc.

The Biographical Dictionary of Literary Failure

At the Guardian, author Rose Tremain shares her admiration for the works of Joyce Carol Oates.

In a long career, Oates has written more than 40 novels and produced a substantial output of plays, essays and memoirs. I stand in awe before such an unresting hunger for the literary endeavour. It's as though, despite the gigantic oeuvre and its treasure chest of prizes, Oates is still searching for a perfection not yet found or a vision not yet fully realised – a feeling every serious writer will recognise.

The Observer reviews David Byrne's new book How Music Works.

It was wildly ambitious to try and turn this galaxy of theory into a readable work of scholarship but Byrne has done it, and done it with style.

Philip Roth writes an open letter to Wikipedia about his novel The Human Stain at Page-Turner.

At Allmusic, California Wives frontman Jayson Kramer lists his favorite album covers.

eMusic interviews Patrick Somerville about the audiobook version of his novel This Bright River.

This is the first time one of your books has been made into an audiobook. Have you heard it yet?

I haven’t heard the audiobook yet — just this little snippet of it — but I do want to hear it, as I love them and am fascinated by them. I always want to know what my writing sounds like in the heads of people who are reading; this is the next best thing.

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.

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Amazon MP3 offers over 300 jazz albums on sale for $1.78.

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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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