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October 19, 2012

Shorties (Junot Diaz on His Kinship with Michael Chabon, Musicians' Favorite Beatles Songs, and more)

The Toronto Star profiles author Junot Diaz.

Another joy: being paired with Chabon for the opening night interview.

"There is a certain simpatico between us. . . . We're just a couple of nerds trying to write seriously about the world, using nerdery as a central metaphor, whether it's the nerdery of music (as in Chabon’s latest book, Telegraph Avenue) or the nerdery of the fantastic."


Musicians, artists, critics, and writers choose their favorite Beatles songs at the Telegraph.


The Santa Rosa Press Democrat interviews author Michael Chabon.

Q: What kind of music do you listen to when you’re working?

A: It has to be instrumental music. It has to be rhythmically pretty steady and dynamically steady, without loud and soft parts. It fades almost into the background, but not quite. It helps me focus.

There’s a music called post-rock that is electric instruments in a rock band, with no singing. Six Parts Seven and Tristeza are good work music, and Phillip Glass is good work music. The more repetitive, the better.


At the Guardian, Alex Petridis reviews the 6-disc The Velvet Underground & Nico 45th Anniversary box set (out October 30th in the U.S.).

What the box set succeeds in doing is to highlight the sheer bewilderment the Velvet Underground's innovations caused at the time.


The A.V. Club interviews Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez about their 30 years as cartoonists.


Earache! assesses the U.S. presidential candidates by playlists of songs that have been associated with them.


The Leonard Lopate Show interviews David Mitchell about the influences behind his novel Cloud Atlas.

Mitchell, a two-time finalist for the Booker Prize, told Leonard Lopate on Wednesday that the idea for the novel was part youthful impetuousness and part a “pole vault” from another book – a post-modernist Italian novel, If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler, where a sequence of stories constantly get interrupted and never finished.


Paste lists 20 great covers of Chuck Berry songs.


Fresh Air interviews Sherry Turkle about her new book, Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other.


Flavorwire lists 10 rock albums which were impossible to follow up.


Author Marie Helene-Bertino interviews herself at The Nervous Breakdown.


At The Record, Ann Powers interviews Nelson George about the current state of R&B music.


At Publishers Weekly, Jami Attenberg lists the most dysfunctional families in literature.

The L Magazine shares a glimpse inside Attenberg's home.


Win four of my favorite books of 2012 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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