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May 10, 2013

Shorties (Claire Messud on Her New Novel, A New Galaxie 500 Oral History, and more)

Fresh Air interviews Claire Messud about her new novel The Woman Upstairs.

"As a reader since very early I have found myself drawn to rants," she tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I was in my senior year of high school when I read Notes From Underground by Dostoyevksy and it was an exhilarating discovery. I hadn't known up until that moment that fiction could be like that. Fiction could say these things, could be unseemly, could be unsettling and distressing in that particular way, that immediate and urgent way. And in the many years since I have read and loved a number of ranting narrators, and it struck me eventually that they were all men and that I didn't know of a book in which a woman expressed her anger and I thought perhaps I should write one."


Temperature's Rising: Galaxie 500: An Oral and Visual History is a new book by Mike McGonical about the seminal indie band.

McGonical talks to CBS News about the book.


The New Yorker examines the state of English translation in Japan.


PopMatters excerpts from the new book Democracy of Sound: Music Piracy and the Remaking of American Copyright in the Twentieth Century.


The New Republic examines the publishing industry's recent celebrity imprint launches.

That the publishing world—buffeted by the forces of Amazon and apathy—has turned to celebrities for salvation is not surprising. Considering how much of a premium our society places on fame—independent of how that fame is achieved, regardless of whether it is deserving—it makes perfect sense that at HarperCollins someone said, "Hey, we should have that guy from Pirates of the Caribbean edit some books."


Drowned in Sound interviews singer-songwriter Frank Turner.

Is it even possible to separate politics and music.

I think it’s entirely up to individual artists and how they want to handle it. For me personally, I was kind of thinking along those lines before all of this kicked off. One thing that music can do is bring people together and be a uniting force. It’s a beautiful thing when you have a room full of people from all different walks of life who put aside their differences and leave their baggage at the door. For a moment you create something that’s greater than the sum of its parts.


Forbes examines what Microsoft's purchase of Barnes and Noble's Nook ebook reader and digital content business could mean for readers, writers, and publishers.


Stereogum lists the best Deerhunter songs.


Flavorwire lists 10 disappointing film adaptations of classic American novels.


Pitchfork is streaming Sam Amidon's new album, Bright Sunny South.


Robert Birnbaum recommends books about activism at the Virginia Quarterly Review.


Win Anthony Marra's debut novel 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)

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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