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October 23, 2012

Shorties (Junot Diaz on Writing Science Fiction, Indie Musicians' Favorite Scary Movies, and more)

The Millions interviews author Junot Diaz.

TM: A number of high-brow literary writers have dipped into science fiction: Colson Whitehead, Kazuo Ishiguro, and even, arguably, Philip Roth in his alternate history The Plot Against America. Do you see any mistakes these writers have made that you fear repeating?

JD: I guess my interest in the genre is actually in the genre. I don't want to write literary fiction's take on genre. I actually like the genre. I think that nobody who reads science fiction, no one who reads apocalyptic literature or reads alternate earth literature is confusing Philip Roth's book for one of the classic texts in the genre. So I do think that there's stories that are so squarely within the genre that there's no possibility that they can be slipstreamed, that there's no possibility for anyone to say, "Oh well this might be fantasy but it's fantasy for the high brow set," like someone might say about Lev Grossman's wonderful novel, The Magicians. "It's fantasy, but it's not that kind of fantasy." And I guess I'm just interested in that kind of fantasy.


Gothamist asks indie musicians about their favorite scary movie.


Jami Attenberg's fourth book and third novel, The Middlesteins is published today.

The Huffington Post and Everyday eBook interview Attenberg.

At the Jewish Daily Forward, Attenberg interviews her father.


Stereo IQ profiles John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats.

"The part of me that's in my songs is that I am a person who however bad things are going, I tend to get back up," said Darnielle. "We live unbearably long amounts of time," he said with a chuckle. "I just tend to keep going. Once or twice, I've hit depression so hard I couldn't move out of bed, and I do know what that's like. But for the most part, I have always been a kid who gets back up. It's something that's naturally occurring to me. I have a sort of persistence, and I think it comes through in the songs."


Book Riot interviews author Julie Klam.


The October Music Alliance Pact shares 38 songs from 38 countries curated by 38 music bloggers.


The Week lists seven film adaptations that betray their source material.


Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers visits World Cafe for an interview and live performance.


Morning Edition interviews Caleb Daniloff about his new memoir Running Ransom Road: Confronting the Past One Marathon at a Time.


Sub Meditation Music shares its albums of the year (the first 2012 "best albums" list I have seen).


Author Daniel Handler talks to the Telegraph and USA Today about the return of the Lemony Snicket series.


Public Image Ltd visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.


Amazon now lists its 100 most popular authors.


Spin is streaming the new Indian Handcrafts album, Civil Disobedience for Losers (out October 30th).


Rolling Stone has added artist timelines to its website, featuring coverage of a single artist in the magazine over the years. Check out Bruce Springsteen's.


Win Pete Townshend's new memoir Who I Am 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 400 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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