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October 9, 2012

Shorties (Nobel Prize for Literature Odds, Jens Lekman on Humor in Songwriting, and more)

Current odds still favor Haruki Murakami for the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature.

The Philadelphia Inquirer profiles singer-songwriter Jens Lekman.

"Any band that doesn't have a sense of humor has a little bit of a problem," says Lekman, who cites Jonathan Richman and Randy Newman as amusing songwriters he admires. "I don't like irony and sarcasm very much. But I do like it when you think someone is telling you a joke, and then you discover it's serious."

PopMatters interviews Lisa Gerrard of Dead Can Dance.

Science fiction and fantasy authors: Harper Voyager is accepting unsolicited manuscripts through October 14th.

John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats shares a goth playlist with the A.V. Club.

Singer-songwriter Tift Merritt talks to Morning Edition about her new album, Traveling Alone.

Man Booker Prize judge Peter Stothard talks to the Telegraph.

“What the Man Booker judges can do is apply traditional literary criticism and try to identify what people will still want to read in 20 years' time. That was the aim of the prize and it's important to hold on to it.

Singer-songwriter Ty Segall visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Robin Sloan talks to Morning Edition about his debut novel, Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore.

And, by the way, it's pretty easy to pay attention to Mr. Penumbra — the cover glows in the dark. "When you're making a print book in 2012, I actually think the onus is on you, and on your publisher, to make something that's worth buying in its physical edition."

Yoni Wolf of WHY? talks to the Line of Best Fit about the band's new album, Mumps, etc.

Speakeasy examines the 50 Shades of Grey series' roots as Twilight fanfiction.

The Guardian is streaming the new Godspeed You! Black Emperor album, Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! (out October 16th).

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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