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October 12, 2012

Shorties (Hope Larson on Adapting A Wrinkle in Time, Victor LaValle on Writing Horror, and more)

Hope Larson talks to the Christian Science Monitor about her graphic novel adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time.


The 405 is streaming Rebekah Delgado's new album Don't Sleep (out October 15th).


Granta interviews Victor LaValle about his new novel The Devil in Silver.

In your past two books you've bled into the horror genre – what do you find in warping the fabric of reality that conventional literary fiction doesn't allow you to do?

The first reason that my books have merged with horror and the fantastic is that I simply love both genres without reservation. I grew up reading both – though horror was my first true love – and I haven’t stopped since. If anything, I think of the literary genre as the later addition to my repertoire. By blending these genres you could say I get to experience a kind of polyamorous lifestyle. I love all of them and I refuse to choose. It's an orgy of . . . I'm going to quit with this analogy now.


The Boston Globe interviews Spoon's Britt Daniel about his new band Divine Fits.

Daniel also talks to the Boston Herald about the band.


The Record interviews Jonathan Sterne, author of MP3: The Meaning of a Format.


The Quietus interviews Kevin Milward about his new novel Kimberly's Capital Punishment.

The multiple endings are just one of the novel’s formal experiments. Where did they come from?

RM: A lot of my favourite writers are experimental writers – William Burroughs or surrealists like the OULIPO group who experimented a lot with the way text looks on the page – I wanted the book to be a celebration of that. I use Burroughsian cut-ups throughout and there are acrostics and things like that. I love Vladimir Nabokov as well, and the way that he puts little puzzles in his novels. Pale Fire is such a genius book; it almost reminds me of a David Lynch film. There's three different branches to the story and you could probably spend years analysing that book just trying to figure out who the hell the first-person narrator is. I'm not saying my puzzles are as good as Nabokov's, because he's a genius, but I love setting up layers of intrigue. People might not notice the little secret symbols, but I think the novel probably works better if you keep your eyes wide open. That's why I wanted the eyeball to begin the book: in a sense it could be the reader's eyeball. It’s never specifically stated that it’s Stevie's eyeball that she comes across at the beginning. There is that sense that the reader has got to be on their toes at all times.


Mika and Dita Von Teese talk pop music at the Guardian.


Writer Roxane Gay shares her fall reading list at The Rumpus.


Win Matt Furie's new children's book The Night Riders 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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