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October 3, 2012

Shorties (Bat for Lashes, Louise Erdreich, and more)

The Line of Best Fit interviews Natasha Khan of Bat for Lashes.

Louise Erdrich talks to All Things Considered about her new novel, The Round House.

On the theme of revenge in her work

"You know, I am learning something about [revenge], and I think it drew me to law and what its meaning is for Native American people. The law is the basis of existence in many ways because ... the original way tribal people were recognized was through treaties. So I've thought about it quite a lot, and why revenge is the only form of justice in some locations and in some terrible situations."

PopMatters interviews Tori Amos about her new album.

Design Observer has listed its 2012 50 Books/50 Covers competition winners.

The Atlantic examines the convergence of punk and indie rock music.

CultureLab lists the 10 most popular science books. (via)

The Other People podcast interviews author Steven Gillis.

io9 interviews author William Gibson.

Singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis talks songwriting, acting, and film scores with the Inland Empire Weekly.

Flavorwire and The Halifax Reader list must-read October books.

John Cale plays guest DJ at All Songs Considered.

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

HC: Why do you think "A Wrinkle in Time" still holds up 50 years later?

HL: At least when I read it growing up, it felt very contemporary. I wasn't really even aware that it was a story that was published in the '60s. It has this freshness to it. And all the science and everything, it just doesn't feel like it has aged all that much. It feels that way more now, because we all have cellphones and we all have computers, but in the '80s and probably the '90s, you wouldn’t sit down and think, "Oh this takes place like 50 years ago."

Singer-songwriter Iris Dement visits World Cafe for an interview and live performance.

Philip Pullman talks to the Telegraph about reworking Grimm's fairy tales for his new book Grimm Tales: For Young and Old.

Pullman whittled down the 200 original tales recorded by the brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm to 50, in a volume that is still 400 pages long. “I’m sure I have the best 50,” he says. The complete collection would have been repetitive, while some tales lacked quality or completeness. “Some excluded themselves: there were a couple of nasty anti-Semitic ones, for instance.”

Flavorwire lists 10 notoriously disastrous musical performances.

Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributor Miroslav Penkov, who has won the BBC International Short Story Award.

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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