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October 29, 2012

Shorties (Dave Gahan on the New Depeche Mode Album, Emma Donoghue's Daily Writing Regimen, and more)

Depeche Mode has released audio from a song off their forthcoming album.

Consequence of Sound interviews Dave Gahan about the band's new music,

Author Emma Donoghue details her daily writing regimen at the Guardian.

Jo Nesbo talks to the Guardian about why Scandinavian writers are drawn to crime fiction.

"All my friends who wanted to write had got nowhere trying to write the great European novel," he says. "So I deliberately steered clear of that and set out to write something story-led. It wasn't so much a commercial decision as a literary one. Thanks to the success of Henning Mankell and Peter H√łeg, there wasn't the same stigma attached to writing genre thrillers in Scandinavia as there was in many other cultures. Quite the opposite, in fact. Many Scandinavian writers who had made their name in literary fiction felt they wanted to have a go at the crime novel to show they could compete with the best. If Salman Rushdie had been Norwegian, he would definitely have written at least one thriller."

The Guardian interviews Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles.

This album seems much more personal than the last two. You have a song about trying to quit smoking and a song about your eating disorder, just to name two. Why such a self critical analysis?

I wanted to move away from metaphors. The last album was quite cloaked in metaphors. And more so than that we can only talk about are own experiences you know. That's all we know of the world and its certainly true of me.

Gwenda Bond explains how she named the characters of her novel Blackwood at Angels of Retribution.

MOJO interviews Bob Mould about his latest album, Silver Age.

Silver Age is your "rock"-est album in decades. What was it that brought you back to guitars?

I guess it started with the writing of the book [Mould's memoir, See A Little Light, published last year]. I started in the fall of '08, and at that point I put songwriting aside. So the writing of the book became a very consuming process. Then when I get to 2010 I'm seeing the 20th anniversary of Copper Blue coming at me two years down the line and I'm wondering what's going to happen. So at that point I was thinking to myself, If I ever get this book done and I get back to the songwriting table, it might be really nice to think about the short, wild guitar pop that I know people like, and I like too, when I like it.

Thomas E. Ricks talks to Morning Edition about his new book, The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today.

The A.V. Club lists 26 songs that use monsters as metaphors.

Flavorwire shares an essential stormy weather reading list.

The Quietus interviews Chuck D of Public Enemy.

PopMatters pitches its 20 questions to Bombay Bicycle Club's Jamie MacColl.

Nataly Kelly talks to All Things Considered about her new book, Found in Translation: How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World.

Folk Alley shares a streaming mix for Halloween.

Weekend Edition interviews Chinese author Han Han.

Han says he developed his pointed style of writing after years of suffering through dreadful prose in China's public schools, "terrified," he says, by articles that were unreadable and boring. As a young student, Han first took aim at the nearest authority figure.

"At that time, I would write articles about my dissatisfaction, including what's bad about the school and the teachers," Han says. "But the silliest thing I did was I handed the articles to my teachers, who felt very unhappy after reading them, saying you can't write this way."

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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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