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November 21, 2012

Shorties (An Interview with Saint Etienne, An Excerpt from the New Madeleine L'Engle Oral Biography, and more)

PopMatters interviews Pete Wiggs of Saint Etienne.

Even if you've evolved with the passing of times, there's still a uniquely Saint Etienne sound to your music. What do you think of the idea that dance artists need to reinvent themselves with each record?

Even when we try to reinvent our sound, we still sound like us. [Laughs.] We have a certain kind of aesthetic principle we apply when we write our music; a certain use of beat and melodies. We always try to get an emotion out, we’ve always liked melancholy music which is great because Sarah' s [Cracknell] voice is pretty distinct too.

Publishers Weekly shares an excerpt from Listening for Madeleine, an oral biography of author Madeleine L'Engle.

At Three Books, aiuthor John Connolly recommends books of gothic terror.

The A.V. Club notes the influence of Interpol's Turn on the Bright Lights album on modern music.

The American Reader interviews author Vanessa Veselka.

PopMatters recommends musical gifts for the holidays.

Morning Edition interviews Sam Sifton about his new book, Thanksgiving: How to Cook It Well.

Fiona Apple has canceled her tour die to her ailing dog.

At HTMLGIANT, Blake Butler lists 22 things he learned submitting his writing.

All Songs Considered profiles musical artists who should have a bigger audience.

The shortlists for the 2012 Costa Book Awards have been named.

Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributors James Meek and Benjamin Wood.

At his Power of Independent Trucking blog, producer Drew Crumbaugh is sharing a remastered 1980 Joy Division live performance.

Page Views recaps last night's roast of author Gary Shteyngart.

Win a signed copy of Willie Nelson's new book and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

The list of online "best of 2012" book lists
The list of online "best of 2012" music lists

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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