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October 13, 2012

Shorties (Francine Prose Reviews Alice Munro, Patti Smith on the Just Kids Film, and more)

At the Globe and Mail, Francine Prose reviews the new Alice Munro short story collection, Dear Life.

Alice Munro has always been the poet of the unexpected passion that comes seemingly out nowhere and changes a character's life. She understands that love can begin and end for mysterious reasons – as a consequence of chance, proximity, loneliness, curiosity – or of something even less tangible.


Patti Smith talks to Entertainment Weekly about the film adaptation of her memoir, Just Kids.

"I remember the very first time I saw Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson together, when they were younger, and I thought, 'Those two kids could have easily played us when they were first starting,'" said Smith. “There's something in his eyes. And Robert [Mapplethorpe] was also a bit shy, and a bit stoic. Kristen has a very special quality. She's not conventionally beautiful, but very charismatic."


The Washington Post profiles author Michael Chabon.

The BBC also interviews Chabon.


Jimmy Flemion of the Frogs has started a Tumblr of reminiscences of the band.


At the Guardian, 21 authors create 140-character "novels."


Asthmatic Kitty's Michael Kaufmann compares running an indie record label to performance art.


The Guardian interviews cartoonist Chris Ware.


Speakeasy reports that Beatles manager Brian Epstein will be the focus of a forthcoming graphic novel, The Fifth Beatle.


Capital New York profiles author A.M. Homes.


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.


Follow me on Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+, 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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