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September 9, 2012

Shorties (Michael Chabon Talks About His New Novel, Profiles of David Bowie, and more)

Michael Chabon talks to the Guardian about writing his new novel Telegraph Avenue.

Did you do much research for this book, given that it was set in your neighbourhood?

In some ways, this was the most easily researched book I've ever done. Just walking out my front door, I was doing research. My other books, with the exception of Wonder Boys, have been set in the past or in some alternate version of the present. Even something like how do you communicate with another person had to be researched. That whole element of it was taken off the table here. The research that I did need to do was primarily centred around music… I say "research": what I was really doing was buying records and listening to them.

The Independent, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, New York Daily News, and New York Post review the book.

The Observer and Telegraph profile music legend David Bowie, the subject of a forthcoming exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Flavorwire lists 10 great books that should be movies.

The Raveonettes talk to Weekend Edition about recording their latest album, Observator.

On their image as revivalists

Foo: "I think people are under the impression that we are a very retro, vintage band — that we sort of stick to those decades of the '50s or '60s. But we've always been a band that really embraced technology. We've always had a lot of samples, and we don't stay true to [dated methods] of production as such, you know, to only play with vintage instruments. I think our music has always been combining all the decades, really."

Lynn Povich talks to Weekend Edition about her new book, The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace.

At the Observer, Simon Reynolds recounts the history of Roxy Music.

Goodnight Keith Moon is a rock and roll parody of the children's classic.

At the New York Times T Magazine, Zadie Smith profiles Jay-Z.

The Observer interviews author Howard Jacobson,

What do you make of the term "literary fiction"?

I hate the phrase "literary fiction". I write fiction. The others write crap.

Stereogum lists Sonic Youth albums from worst to best.

The Observer profiles Natasha Khan of Bat for Lashes.

It's tempting to think that, in some ways, Khan has been spurred on by the breakthroughs of Adele and Florence Welch, or the continued excellence of Bjork, PJ Harvey and Joanna Newsom. "I do feel like I'm glad they're there, it's less lonely because of them," she confirms. "It's reassuring to see their lives unfolding, like a distant family member or something. You know, when you're in a normal family and you feel like a black sheep? But then you've got a mad auntie who lives in France or somewhere and she sends you weird things and you think, 'Oh, it's all right. I'm not alone.' "

Ang Lee talks to the New York Times about adapting Yann Martell's novel The Life of Pi for the big screen.

"I loved the book," he said, "but it's very hard to crack. I thought you can't make a movie about religion but it can be a movie about the value of storytelling and how that brings structure and wisdom to life. This is a coming-of-age story. It's about taking a leap of faith."

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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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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