October 30, 2012
On how his memoir ended up being more about his mother than himself
"As I dove deeper and deeper into this book, it seemed to me — and this is very odd for a memoir — it seemed to me that my job was to stay out of the way of this story. And so it has more to do with my mother's life than it does mine. And it has a lot to do with this place that we shared, because she grew up there too, in Gloversville, just as I did. I don't write books in order to explain my experiences of life; I write them to make things make sense, and there were large aspects of my mother's life that I didn't quite comprehend. When you don't understand a parent's life, in a way, you kind of don't understand your own."
The Guardian offers a guide to the music of composer Steve Reich.
Tablet examines the relationship between musician Lou Reed and writer Delmore Schwartz.
Paste lists 10 songs that celebrate San Francisco.
She describes short stories as "exciting", reminding me that they're also the form that she "cut her teeth as a writer on". But to be brutally honest, she's not that interested in the relationship between the short story and the novel: "Quite simply, there's more to do in a novel" and it's a form that suits her best at present.
The Record explores the future of dance music.
At NPR Books, author Amy Wilson recommends three books with unreliable narrators.
Amazon MP3 has over 100 digital albums on sale for $5.
Amazon MP3 offers over 500 albums for sale for $2.99.
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Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
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