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October 5, 2012

Shorties (An Ursula K. Le Guin Primer, An Interview with Grimes, and more)

The A.V. Club recommends entry points into the fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin.

Earache! interviews Grimes' Claire Boucher.

AC: I've seen a lot written about your music being feminine. Your work as a female artist is held as a rarity. What are your thoughts on female soloists and producers in the music industry?

CB: There are always female soloists, but I think the rarity is the production. In the last couple of years there's been more female artists like Julia Holter that are producing their own music. I think that's awesome. I think it has more to do with the fact that previously, if you wanted to be a producer, you had to go to school, then get a job at a studio, and dedicate your life to it to have the access and to actually do a good job. I think it was a lot more alienating to women because it was definitely overrun with guys.

Flavorwire recommends 10 books to restore your faith in print.

Publishers Weekly interviews Hope Larson about her graphic novel adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time.

Former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan lists his 13 favorite albums at The Quietus.

Lit Reactor shares a "blagger's guide" to the work of author David Foster Wallace.

The Economist reviews D.T. Max's biography the author.

West Coast Sound defines the "trap music" genre.

The finalists for the 2012 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction have been named.

Guardian readers recommend songs with the best bass lines.

At The Millions, Dan Josefson discusses animals in literature.

The Quietus interviews Natasha Khan of Bat for Lashes.

Morning Edition interviews Vivek Wadhwa about his new book The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent.

Guitarist Vic Flick talks to Morning Edition about recording the iconic James Bond theme music 50 years ago.

Fresh Air interviews Stephen Colbert about his new book, America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't.

Read an excerpt from the book.

Win Neil Young's new memoir Waging Heavy Peace 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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