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October 11, 2012

Shorties (The Mountain Goats' Literary Influences, The Premiere of Jack Kerouac's Only Play, and more)

Sadie interviews John Darnielle about the literary influences behind the new Mountain Goats album, Transcendental Youth.

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.

am New York and the Aquarian Weekly also interview Darnielle.


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.


Bookworm interviews Lawrence Norfolk about his new novel John Saturnall's Feast.


Cover Me Songs shares covers of every song from Neil Young's Decade album.


Fresh Air interviews Nate Silver about his new book, The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't.


NPR is streaming a recent live performance by Tori Amos.


Morning Edition interviews actress Emma Thompson about writing children's books.


Stream six songs form Bat for Lashes' new album The Haunted Man (out October 22nd) at FACT.


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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