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September 25, 2012

Shorties (Michael Chabon Interviewed, Stream the New Mountain Goats Album, and more)

The Boston Phoenix interviews Michael Chabon about his new novel, Telegraph Avenue.

Pop culture plays such a big role in your books. Would you tell us why?

It is culture, it’s a part of culture. Yesterday’s pop culture is today’s high art. Look at Italian opera. The distinctions are so slippery and temporary, intellectually and emotionally. I was raised by a father who loved Bartok and Star Trek, and he loved them equally and as passionately and each of these made him happy. The aesthetic criteria is pleasure, and that’s what I hold to today.

WBEZ's Morning Shift also interviews Chabon.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Daily Californian review the book.

Stream the new Mountain Goats album, Transcendental Youth (out October 2nd), at Rolling Stone.

I Will Dare shares a new Paul Westerberg song.

The Independent lists Britain's top 10 children's literature superstar authors.

The A.V. Club explores how crowdfunding has changed expectations for musicians.

Morning Edition examines the current state of crowdfunding for musicians.

Jukebox Graduate shares a "Springsteen guide to New York City."

At Flavorwire, author Jeffrey Pilcher recommends 10 books on food history.

The Black Lips talk to All Things Considered about their current tour through the Middle East.

"You have to build a circuit," Alexander said. "Like when the Berlin Wall fell, and the Iron Curtain was rolled back, some punk bands started trying Eastern Europe, to kind of like, make connections, and then share the connections with other people. So, yeah, we're going to try to pass along some of the information that we have."

The New Yorker profiles J.K. Rowling, and USA Today interviews the author.

Take Part interviews Alison Sudol of A Fine Frenzy about her favorite children's books and more.

Super Precious Gallery's September online show consists of 13 works inspired by 20th century American authors.

Feist has won Canada's 2012 Polaris Music Prize .

Author Libba Bray lists books she loves at Publishers Weekly.

Win Shani Boianjiu's debut novel The People of Forever Are Not Afraid 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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