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October 18, 2012

Shorties (An Excerpt from Barbara Kingsolver's New Novel, An Interview with Tori Amos, and more)

NPR excerpts from Barbara Kingsolver's new novel, Flight Behavior.

The Record interviews Tori Amos.

NPR: In your music, you've been reaching out and touching timeless themes, but I love to hear you talk this way because it shows that you are still so engaged with the most important issues politically.

Tori Amos: And don't you think one of the most important emotions is compassion? I find that in the 21st century, there's not a lot of compassion for what other people are going through or the walk that they have to walk. My grandfather, who was part eastern Cherokee Nation, would say — you know that old saying: "Until you've walked a mile in another man's or woman's moccasins, you really have no idea what it feels like.'

The Minnesota Daily interviews author Daniel Handler.

Drive lists its favorite Australian albums.

Flavorwire shares a highbrow Halloween reading list.

PopMatters profiles singer-songwriter Laetitia Sadier.

Emma Goldman once said, "If I can't dance to it, I don’t want to be a part of your revolution". And while the anarchist, trail-blazing feminist, and all-around freedom fighter spoke those words over a century ago, her spirit of subversive celebration lives on today in the music of French-born singer-songwriter Laetitia Sadier. As lead vocalist for the bands Stereolab and Monade, and continuing into her solo work of recent years, the effortless beauty of Sadier's singing and her unapologetically intellectual approach to lyricism have made hers one of the more distinctive voices in modern independent music. Her politics are fiercely egalitarian, and her lyrics are often laced with contempt for all manners of societal injustice.

NPR recommends three useful books about data.

On the Download interviews John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats.

Bookworm interviews Susanna Moore about her new novel The Life of Objects.

PopMatters defends Rush's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Granta interviews author Alison Moore.

Bruce Springsteen explains his support of Barack Obama's bid for reelection.

The Wall Street Journal judges Amazon's foray into publishing.

Niki and the Dove visits The Current studio for a live performance and an interview.

At the Telegraph, a judge for the 2012 Man Booker Prize explains the selection process.

Win four of my favorite books of 2012 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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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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