October 11, 2012
Shorties (The Mountain Goats' Literary Influences, The Premiere of Jack Kerouac's Only Play, and more)
Nicola: You’re known as a literate and literary songwriter. Were there any writers you had in mind while creating Transcendental Youth?
John: Not really. I mean, I assume everything I read leaves some kind of a mark (this is a deeply Catholic assumption, I think), but I don't sit down and say "let me here invoke this writer I'm reading." The one thing is that I discovered Merce Rodoreda for myself sometime in 2010 or '11 and she is kind of the perfect writer, just phenomenal: I read Death in Spring and A Broken Mirror and all her short stories, and those two novel especially—I feel like they made a big impression on me. It's hard to say what that impression is, it's kind of not for me to say either really, but I wonder if there's not a little trace of how much those books got to me in my stuff now.
The Lowell Sun covers the premiere of Jack Kerouac's only play, Beat Generation.
Jack Kerouac, Lowell native and literary icon, was the toast of the town Wednesday night. That town, of course, is Lowell and the reason Kerouac was being celebrated was the world premiere of his only play, the autobiographical Beat Generation, at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre.
Tapes on Books creates mixtapes for classic books.
China's Mo Yan has won the 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature.
Flavorwire lists the 10 most literature-obsessed songwriters.
Fresh Air interviews Nate Silver about his new book, The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't.
Morning Edition interviews actress Emma Thompson about writing children's books.
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.
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)
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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