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July 13, 2013

Shorties (Karen Joy Fowler's Favorite Surreal Fiction, An Interview with Mike Patton, and more)

Karen Joy Fowler lists her favorite works of surreal fiction at the Barnes and Noble Review.

The Believer interviews Mike Patton.

"The idea, at least in rock or pop culture, that the singer is on some pedestal in Speaker's Corner—I’ve just never subscribed to that. I'm not a poet. I'm not up onstage to get something off my chest. I'm making musical statements, or, most of the time, musical questions for people to figure out, and I'm not going to get in the way of that."

Stereogum ranks Blonde Redhead albums from worst to best.

Word and Film lists its favorite baseball films adapted from literature.

The new, as yet untitled Arcade Fire album will be released on October 29th.

Rookie recommends books on "emulation, imitation, and replication."

The Culture Blog shares a summertime playlist from Flosstradamus.

The New York Times explains how technology is enhancing our understanding of American literature.

Salad Days Music lists albums that have received 10.0 and 0.0 ratings from Pitchfork.

The New York Times gets summer reading suggestions from writers.

The Rumpus interviews singer-songwriter Sam Amidon.

Rumpus: One more question that I always ask. What do you like to read?

Amidon: I've been reading early Evelyn Waugh, like Decline and Fall, his early books. My friend Thomas got me into that stuff. And I love Herman Melville, everything from Moby-Dick onward. Especially a very late book called the Confidence Man. It's fantastic. It's ridiculous. I like to carry around extremely pretentious books, and I don't know if I can read them, but if I hold them near me, it imbues me with a sense of powerful intelligence. I love Henry James. The Wings of the Dove. Fantastic book. Reading books is fantastic. I didn't do it until ten years ago. It's great. I'm just reading a hilarious book right now called The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien. It was a short novel, Irish, written in the 1930's or 40's, very funny. It's somewhat unreadable, but it's good to have nearby.

Natasha Lyonne, star of the new Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, talks about her two favorite prison books with The A.V. Club.

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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)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
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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