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November 2, 2012

Shorties (Alt-J Wins the Mercury Music Prize, Joe Queenan on Reading, and more)

Alt-J has won the Mercury Music Prize with its album An Awesome Wave.

Now. Here. This. explains what this says about the current indie music scene.

Joe Queenan talks to All Things Considered about his new book, One for the Books.

On the joy of rereading a book that you love

"If you can listen to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony or his Ninth Symphony over and over and over again, and still get this amazing rush from it, you can do exactly the same thing with a book. ... Part of it is because we forget things. I just reread Madame Bovary and there were all sorts of things I had forgotten and one of the things I had forgotten was how funny it is, and I've probably read Madame Bovary five or six times."

Congratulations to Chika Unigwe, whose novel On Black Sisters Street won the Nigeria Prize for Literature.

Unigwe discusses the book and award with Daily Times Nigeria.

PopMatters interviews Murder By Death frontman Adam Turla.

Your songwriting has a very strong literary quality. Who are some of your literary influences?

I love Steinbeck, I love Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a lot of people who have a sense of humor but also a darker quality at times. I like people who appreciate the extremes, who are willing to do something humorous but also have real, heavy content. I'm a person that doesn't like the middle, the easy way. I like the bigger feelings, like joy and true desperation.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Michael Fassbender will play Thomas Wolfe in a forthcoming biopic of the author.

Menomena frontman Danny Seims shares a mixtape about moms at the A.V. Club.

Flavorwire lists tattoos inspired by children's books.

Rocks Off lists the top five bands influenced by Public Image Ltd.

The A.V. Club interviews Justin Cronin about his new novel, The Twelve.

Flavorwire previews November's music releases.

Public Spectacle examines the success of Los Angeles-based independent publishers.

The Quietus interviews Caribou's Dan Snaith about his new music project, Daphni.

What I find interesting with the Daphni stuff is the fact that you've got this really great balance of organic sound and very electronic, synthesised sound, and a lot of the time those two poles aren't necessarily balanced very well in dance music. Was there a lot of that coming from Caribou, the feeling of live sound?

DS: I think so. I've always loved that, and I've always loved that in a lot of the dance music that I love. There's some completely synthesised dance music that just gets it so perfectly that it's exciting, but often my favourite people are people like Theo Parrish and Floating Points that are blending some kind of synthesis [with more sample-based material].

Deb Perelman talks to Morning Edition about her new book, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook.

A Blog Supreme lists five new directions in jazz evolution.

In its new issue, Decibel lists the top 100 death metal albums of all time.

The Oxford American looks back on attempts to adapt the works of William Faulkner for film.

Snow Patrol visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Book Riot lists celebrities who should have their own publishng imprints.

Watch the trailer for the "docudrama" film adaptation of Tao Lin's novel Shoplifting from American Apparel.

Win Karen Thompson Walker's debut novel The Age of Miracles and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's contest at Largehearted Boy.

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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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