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October 6, 2012

Shorties (Mark Helprin, Beth Orton, and more)

Weekend Edition interviews Mark Helprin about his new novel, Sunlight and in Shadow.

On plotting a story with so many different threads and conflicts

"I really don't plot anything, particularly with this book. And my model for it was Mark Twain, who, when he lived in Elmira and he reached a certain age, decided, essentially, to hell with it. He said, 'I'm just going to write the book that I want to write.' And it was Huckleberry Finn. So, there's no pretense that I would equal that. But I said to myself, 'This is going to be the book that I want to write, this is the book about my parents and that era and childhood, and ... let everything going to hell, I'm just going to write that book.'"

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch glowingly reviews the book.

Singer-songwriter Beth Orton visits World Cafe for a live performance and interview.

WNYC's Soundcheck is streaming Meshell Ndegeocello's new album Pour une Ame Souveraine.

The Buffalo News reviews Jami Attenberg's new novel The Middlesteins.

I hope this novel will find the big audience it deserves, because it's clear-eyed funny and truthful and deeply moving, especially in the killer-punch of its ending. I hope for the sake of Attenberg's bank account that Hollywood options the novel for lots of money. I hope further that the movie won’t get made. Hollywood (casting Gwyneth Paltrow in a fat suit yet again? It worked so well the first time. See “Shallow Hal”) would likely muck up all that’s refined and economical and beautifully crafted about “The Middlesteins.”

A Blog Supreme offers five examples of guitarist Django Reinhardt's influence on 21st century bands.

At the Fader, John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats shares a list of books he's reading.

Flavorwire lists 10 genuinely spooky rock albums.

PWxyz lists the most mentioned songs in books.

The Ms. Blog recaps the recent annual general meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America.

There’s a wonderful sense of silliness to it all, especially for a college professor like me who is more accustomed to starchy academic meetings. JASNA members have come here for a wide variety of reasons: there are grandmothers who have read Austen’s books since childhood, mothers and daughters who fell in love with the film adaptations and then read the books, costume enthusiasts and country dancers. I have met a librarian, a scientist, a woman in finance, the woman producing a musical of Sense and Sensibility in Denver this spring and a member of the North American Quilling Guild (quilling is the art of paper filigree, a popular “woman’s art” in Austen’s time).

Paste lists the 10 best James Bond theme sings.

Flavorwire lists young adult novel to film adaptations that retained their edge.

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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