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November 10, 2012

Shorties (David Byrne Discusses His Book How Music Works, Ian McEwan on the Similarities Between Spies and Novelists, and more)

The Quietus interviews David Byrne about his new book How Music Works.

Weekend Edition interviews author Ian McEwan about his new novel, Sweet Tooth.

On the similarities between spies and novelists, and how those similarities play out between Serena and Tom Haley, the young writer she targets and eventually falls for

"You could say that all novels are spy novels and all novelists are spy masters. Novelists have to be adept at controlling the flow of information, and, most crucially, they have to be in charge of the narrative. So it is the case in this love story that, without wishing to give away too closely the end of this novel, [Tom] is spying on Serena as a novelist, even as she is spying on him as a spy. And it's interest[ing] too, I think, that, in Britain at least, our spy tradition draws from a generation of novelists who were all working in the intelligence services. So Graham Greene, Ian Fleming, Somerset Maugham [and] Charles McCarry all did their time with mostly MI6, sometimes with MI5, sometimes both."

Former Von Bondies frontman Jason Stollsmeimer shares a playlist of songs by Michigan artists at the A.V. Club.

Flavorwire lists the disturbing origins of 10 famous fairy tales.

The Boston Globe profiles singer-songwriter Rosie Flores.

CBC Radio lists the rulers of vampire fiction.

All Songs Considered lists bands that should have another album out by now.

Yang Jisheng talks to Weekend Edition about his new book, Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine, 1958-1962.

Complex lists the 50 greatest music photographers, then lists 25 more you need to know.

PopMatters interviews Claire Vaye Watkins about her short story collection Battleborn.

HypeBot breaks down the new Wordpress Music website service for music artists.

Flavorwire gets musicians' reactions to the service.

The Daily Mail excerpts from Ed Hawkins' new book, Bookie Gambler Fixer Spy, A Journey into the Corrupt Heart of Cricket's Underworld.

Amazon MP3 offers 100 albums on sale for $5 each.

Amazon MP3 offers 100 digital holiday albums on sale for $5 each.

Amazon MP3 offers over 500 albums for sale for $2.99.

Amazon MP3 offers over 400 jazz albums on sale for $1.78.

Amazon MP3 offers over 33,000 free and legal mp3s.

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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

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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