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October 5, 2013

Shorties (Dave Eggers on His New Novel, The Waterboys on Setting Yeats' Poetry to Music, and more)

The Telegraph interviews Dave Eggers about his new novel The Circle.

Monterey County Weekly's music blog interviews Waterboys' frontman Mike Scott about the band's album of W.B. Yeats poems set to music.

Regarding An Appointment With Mr. Yeats, what is it about W.B. Yeats' work that you find inspiring?

I appreciate the gravity, the power, the sense of the eternal in his poetry. And also that he manages to be grave, weighty and eternal in words that flow lightly and elegantly from the tongue. Good combination. Plus many of his poems rhyme and scan beautifully, which lends them well to musical adaptation.

Stereogum interviews I Used To Be Darker director Matthew Porterfield about music's significance to filmmaking.

Flavorwire interviews Stanley Crouch about his new book Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker.

Rolling Stone lists great video game soundtracks.

Erica Jong talks to Weekend Edition about 40th anniversary of her novel Fear of Flying.

Alt.Latino examines cumbia music.

"Whether you're in a convenience store in Ushuaia, the southernmost tip of Argentina, Mexico City or East L.A., you're likely to hear cumbia blaring from a stereo. In Latin America, no musical style has been as widespread, unifying and, I would argue, misunderstood as cumbia."

Forbes lists current trends in publishing.

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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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