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November 8, 2012

Shorties (The Grumpiest Authors in History, Rock Operas That Deserve to Have Stage Adaptations, and more)

Flavorwire lists the 10 grumpiest authors in history.

Stereogum lists the top 10 rock operas that deserve a stage adaptation.

PopMatters interviews singer-songwriter Tift Merritt.

The Brown Daily Herald interviews Brian Evenson about his new book, a novel adaptation of the videogame Dead Space.

The Herald: I understand that your new book is a novel adaptation of a video game, Dead Space. How did you get the opportunity to do something like that?

Evenson: It’s something that I’ve done actually before. The video game is Dead Space, and I did another Dead Space novel about a year and a half ago, and they liked that enough that they asked me to do another one. I did a Halo novella as well for a collection of Halo short stories.

And you know, one of the reasons I wanted to do it was the game: I’m a gamer. I enjoy it a lot. But in addition to that, one of the reasons I wanted to do it was because I think that (for) a lot of people who read those books, it may be the only novel they read in a year. And so I kind of felt like there is a kind of outreach thing where I want — if they’re only going to read one novel a year — I want it to be an interesting novel. So it’s a way of reaching readers who otherwise might not be exposed to certain things going on in fiction.

Metro profiles actress and author Molly Ringwald.

Glide Magazine interviews Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers about his new solo album.

You've said your current album originally started out to be a book. When did you realize that it was going to be a record instead?

It's strange because the book was basically loosely based on a portion of my life a little over twenty years ago and I was going through a pretty bad period of it. One of the lead characters of the book, who is pretty strongly based on me, was a struggling, kind of very unsuccessful songwriter. So the way I was structuring the book is that between every chapter I was going to have a song that that character wrote. My original idea was going to use something I wrote back in that period or else something written in character from that point of view. And those songs, the ones I kind of wrote in character from that point of view, maybe three of those ended up on this record, which is kind of what started this whole process.

Claire Zulkey interviews Jami Attenberg about her new novel The Middlesteins.

Flavorwire lists inappropriate campaign songs.

Bookworm interviews Chris Ware about his new comics collection, Building Stories.

Paste lists the 20 best songs by the Who.

Fresh Air interviews Norm Ornstein about his new book It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism.

NME reports that My Bloody Valentine will release a new studio album by year-end.

NME’s exclusive interview with Kevin Shields is in this week’s NME, in shops now and available digitally here. In it, he says that fans of 'Loveless' will not be disappointed by the new material. "I think with this record, people who like us will immediately connect with something. Based on the very, very few people who’ve heard stuff – some engineers, the band, and that’s about it – some people think it’s stranger than 'Loveless'. I don’t. I feel like it really frees us up, and in the bigger picture it’s 100 per cent necessary."

Author Jeanette Winterson writes about Andy Warhol at Huffington Post. is a iOS music app that streams local music by genre.

Review 31 lists online literary reviews and magazines.

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.

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)

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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