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September 3, 2012

Shorties (Stream the New David Byrne and St. Vincent Album, The Popularity of Amish Fiction, and more)

NPR is streaming the new David Byrne and St. Vincent album, Love This Giant (out September 11th).


Salon examines the current popularity of Amish fiction.


Man Cave Daily recommends 10 new indie comics "that prove you're a bigger nerd than everyone else."


DIY profiles singer-songwriter Jens Lekman and his new album, I Know What Love Isn't (out tomorrow).

Yet now he can look at the album "like it’s a tombstone and I can light a candle next to it and move on." Jens is a unique voice, focusing on the miniature of life with wry wit and a knowing phrase. And this album, by the very nature of its subject matter, is, even more so than before, an intensely personal portrait of his life. I wonder if he could write in a different way. That thought takes us to the influence of Tracey Thorn whose line on her last album - "Oh Jens, oh Jens / your songs seem to look through a different lens" – seems to have been the catalyst for change. "It was very striking when she sent me that song. I was at the time transitioning both as a person and a songwriter and my songs were changing too. I thought: you just put your finger on who I was just as a year ago."


Flavorwire lists the most beautiful online literary magazines.


Newsweek interviews Chan Marshall of Cat Power about her new album, Sun (out tomorrow).


Weekend Edition interviews Arun Chaudhary about his new book, First Cameraman: Documenting the Obama Presidency in Real Time.


All Things Considered interviews D.T. Max about his new book, Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace.

On how David Foster Wallace changed American literature:

A number of things go into that. Obviously, just the pure pleasure of his most important books. Reading Infinite Jest is certainly — [it] contains more pleasure, more agony, more of American life at the turn of the millennium. I think the second thing is simply that he influenced so many people. Writers from Dave Eggers to Chad Harbach — you just can see that he left disciples. I think also something very interesting happened, which is that the Web came along. And the Web lends itself very well to the kind of writer that David really had pioneered, that had nothing to do with the Web — and so now you go on the Web and you feel like you're reading 10,000 imitators of David Foster Wallace. There's nobody else who's changed American prose to that extent, that I can think of, in generations. I almost think about someone like Mark Twain.

The Boston Globe and A.V. Club review the book.


DJ Shadow shares thoughts on some of his seminal records wit the Guardian.


The Guardian previews autumn's new books.


Runnin' Scared examines how DIY technology is changing the music industry.


September 7th is National Buy a Book Day in the United States.


Paste previews September's music releases.


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.

Amazon MP3 offers over 500 albums for sale for $2.99.


Follow me on Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, Pinterest, Facebook, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.


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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