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November 7, 2012

Shorties (T.C. Boyle's Reading Habits, The Best Beatles Books, and more)

Author T.C. Boyle shares his reading habits at the Huffington Post.

At the Telegraph, comedian Harry Hill lists five of the best books about the Beatles.

The Guardian Books blog examines the current state of literary horror.

DIY interviews singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards.

Fast Company interviews Paris Review editor Lorin Stein about the literary quarterly's iPad app.

I think some people feel a kind of cognitive dissonance about a Paris Review app. Do you feel like it’s a mixing of the sacred and profane?

The Paris Review has never exactly been sacred. It's probably mixing the profane with the profane. If you look back at the 1960s, you’ll see an advertisement the Review ran for a tee-shirt featuring George's [Plimpton, the founding editor] then-wife. Before that, they sold cigarettes at the World's Fair. The Paris Review is no stranger to the low road. I just hope it has always taken the low road with a certain amount of wit and self-awareness and elegance. For me, personally, the app is already performing a function. We never had a copy of Issue One, and when we finally got it, it was falling apart. Now it's digitized, and great to look at on the iPad.

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle profiles the band Sleigh Bells.

The Guardian shares a great American novels quiz.

Soundgarden's Chris Cornell talks to CNN about the band's new album, King Animal (out November 13th).

"I guess if anything, we've reverted back to the way we operated as an indie band," Cornell said. "We acted like free agents. And we can do that now, like we did then, because the music business has changed so much."

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

Kirkus Reviews interviews Peter Doggett about his new book The Man Who Sold the World: David Bowie and the 1970s and the current state of music writing.

Fresh Air interviews John Schwartz about his new memoir, Oddly Normal: One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality.

The Guardian's Apps Blog examines the future of albums and concert DVDs as apps.

Author Nick Harkaway tells The Daily Beast what he is currently reading.

Rocks Off lists the 10 best songs that were never released.

Fresh Air interviews Oliver Sacks about his new book, Hallucinations.

Sacks tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that he has always been fascinated with hallucinations — from reading about Pip's hallucination of Miss Havisham in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations to witnessing hallucinations of every sort as a medical student and doctor. He had a personal interest in the phenomenon, he explains, because his brother was a schizophrenic — and "would talk with his hallucinations."

Country Grind lists The Who's best albums.

Word and Film's Casting Call feature casts actors for literary film adaptations.

Win Peter A. Carlin's new Bruce Springsteen biography Bruce and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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

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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)

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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